Do you love big bluegill?
Update on this idea of placing BBs in the Bobber. It seem s to work extremely well on some days and no effect determinable on other days. I continue to use them. I plan to look at the craft stores to se if I can get some real inexpensive beads to put inside the bobber to get a different pitch.
I know I'm responding late to this post. I have fished the Western Branch, The Northwest River, as well as Lake Cohoon Lake Meade, and Lake Lawson - Lake Smith. I'm not the best to judge by on crappie in any of them. They seem to know when I am on the water and go to school at that time. Lol, I have caught multitudes of Bluegills in all of these waters in the Tidewater area. I am very unhappy to tell you that for the most part they are small in size from what they used to be. Abundant YES! But I've not had too much luck catching the big uns.
Thanks for the info. I have heard, on the other hand that the red ear, or shellcracker fishing, can be very good in some of the tidewater lakes to even this day. The VA fish awards listings shows many "sunfish" of 11 inches or greater listed from Prince, Western Branch and a few others. I am only assuming that these fish are the predominantly larger red ear sunfish that average much larger than the bluegill in many waters, even nationwide. Good Luck in your fishing efforts!