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At what water temp do big bluegills start moving into shallow water? Looking back at last year, I was catching them in the beginning of April. I don't know what the water temp was here in NE at that time but ice out was earlier.
I usually start seeing the big males at around 60 degrees F. with regularity. The big females will often stage just into deeper water, waiting for the nests to be prepared. If you're catching males in close, try fishing out a little farther for the sows.
Movement of prespawn BG can also depend on size of water body. Smaller waters warm faster than larger waters, and the larger the water body the more it lags behind the warming of smallest waters. In small waters with a fair amount of shallows with darker bottoms it does not take long for these embayments or shallows to warm into the high 40's or low 50's during a sunny clam day. Hungry BG will move into these areas to feed on early emerging insects. BG are actively feeding in waters of high 40's. The trick is to locate those areas and find out what they are feeding on.
What about recomendations for stocking a brand new pond with Bluegill as the target fish? In my case I have a brand new pond just under an acre in north Texas, the following has been recommended to me;
What type of structure best benefits BG in a small pond? I have formed a cedar tree "reef" that covers depths of 8' to the surface and continues up a slope to about 3' to surface. This structure is 30' long and 6' wide. Are there types of structure that may be more beneficial to BG specifically?