Do you love big bluegill?
My cousins live across the street from Center Lake, WI. It is absolutely teeming with gills and I often catch baby smallmouths and even some rock bass mixed in with them. I use small hooks and 1/4th or 1/5th of a nightcrawler. I usually go off of a private dock that goes about 10 yards out and use a bobber and splitshot to get about 2-3 ft down into the weeds.
However, I was fishing in the evening and ended up hooking a largemouth, but since I was on panfish gear it threw the hook when it surfaced. I guessed that a largemouth would have to be extremely hungry to take such a small piece of nightcrawler, so I switched to a larger hook with a full-sized nightcrawler and caught it right away.