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Water temps and their effect on Bluegills. 5 Replies

I've been surprised, confused, and downright wrong more times than I would like to admit when it comes to predicting where my favorite fish will be found during any given month of the year. However I…Continue

Started by Tony Livingston. Last reply by Michael Hart Mar 29, 2012.

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Comment by Jim Gronaw on March 9, 2012 at 6:02pm

I have noticed bedding gills as early as April 24 th in 2010 and April 27 th in 2009 in local ponds along the Mason-Dixon. Tremendous warm spells in April on those two years. Most years, it's around mid-May to the first of June. Water temps need to be around 70 for widespread, consistent bedding activity. The latest I have ever caught a sunfish off a bed was an 11 inch red ear I caught in a local pond in September of 2010. Absolutely amazing, given that I had only caught gills bedding in August, locally, on just two other occassions.

Comment by Leo Nguyen on March 6, 2012 at 8:12pm

Dick, I'm far from being a professor. Just a data nut. LOL. Biology, biochemistry, and genetics are in my realm of studies. Beside that, toss in everything else because I want it all. Yet, still lacking the knowledge, wisdom, and experience that you and the rest have gone through. Take Jeffrey, my gosh, that guy got enough lifetime experience to make my cry. Look at Bruce, Bill Modica, and Tony..those guys got enough medals to plaster the walls of honors. You, yourself, should be humbly bow down upon, since you have gone through so much in  your lifetime.

Comment by dick tabbert on March 6, 2012 at 7:57pm

I'm here to tell you Leo's the man the fish professor.


Comment by Leo Nguyen on March 6, 2012 at 6:57pm

Have any one notice the highest spawning level is during the frogs' mating season? Bass wait for the opportunities of frogs mating in the shallow or just above thick weed beds, or better yet, after the dispersal of eggs, or tadpoles swimming in the shallows. Panfish around here go nuts  around late June to mid of August, on full moons, and frogs are peaked with mating activities. If your brain don't go insane from the night time noise, you're in for some major fun. I normally retrofit my float with the glowing green light from BPS, mimicking the moon light. Insects of all sorts, including fish of all kind, gathered under my float. Scary and fun at the same time.

Comment by DAVID L EITUTIS on March 6, 2012 at 6:47pm

THANKS EVERYONE FOR THE AMPLE ANSWERS and I don't know about the deep fried eggs Tony!!!!!! I'd have to think about that one for a while!Leo I never thought about the insect breeding and that's a practical idea. Ever see the crocks in Africa feeding on the poor wildebeast's trying to cross the rivers! I guess everything is tied together .


Comment by Jeffrey D. Abney on March 6, 2012 at 6:28pm

Catch spawning fish in North Carolina from May through August...

Comment by Leo Nguyen on March 6, 2012 at 6:27pm

Oh, as for the during spawning period, they will gorge when there are victims falling down within reach distant, and not compromising their beds' security.


Post spawning, they will gorge like there's no tomorrow.

Comment by Leo Nguyen on March 6, 2012 at 6:25pm

Tooty, full moon do coincide with mating of insects and baitfish, so yes, massive effects on feeding and spawning due to constant feeding (pre, during, and post spawning), to ensure greatest chance of survival while minimizing predation of the flying kinds. Can't say the same for predation of the swimming kind.

You already recognize the pre-spawning mode, when the trigger for gorging is critical to bulk up before mating. This is why beds are found more near the weed beds, tules, and over hanging branches. Insects galore during their mating. Foods' opportunities. For our inland lakes, we have multiple spawning seasons from spring to late fall. The feeding and spawning do coincide with the stages of mating for insects, as well as baitfish. Full moon provide heavy opportunity to feed throughout the night without worrying about being targeted by the ones flying above. Most of the spawners are too large to be consumed by the predators down below..unless you have the 4" and 6". Then they're in constant worry about predation.

This is why it sucks after a few days of full moon. The fish have such amble opportunity to feed at night, and not too interested to feed during the day.

Comment by Tony Livingston on March 6, 2012 at 6:22pm

In my ponds the Bluegill will spawn most of the summer, but the biggest fish will spawn early.

Comment by DAVID L EITUTIS on March 6, 2012 at 6:05pm

NEXT QUESTION LEO, DO you actually think the full moon has alot to do with the panfish spawn? I'll be on the water in southern Illinois this year on the 19th of May, the full moon starts on the 18th I believe. Also the same biologist told me that if you miss the spawn in May not to fear cause the gills spawn all summer long? I've been fishing deep the last couple years cause OLD AL THE WOODMAN said let try something different after the spawn. We did and were successful. I'm an old dog and don't like learning new tricks, but he was right. We found the gills and redears out infront of traditional beds in 6 - 9' of water , some full of eggs.


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