Walking on water has never been a specialty of mine. The ice fishing season seems to be getting shorter and shorter for my area every year. (I believe we had a whole 10 days of safe ice last year)
Living close by to a warm water discharge from an electric generation plant always gave us the option of fishing open water year 'round. With recent regulations, this little gem will be changing on us as well. But there's still hope....................
Looking forward a few months, I believe I'm going to step out of my comfort zone and pursue river system bluegills. I'm not talking about reservoir fish; I'll be after any 'gills that reside in the stretches of main river.
I'm tossed about how to start putting the pieces together. I thought about using live bait first; this would map out the ground work for where they congregate at.
Then my mind started to wonder onto small crankbaits; offering the ability to cover more water, faster, and more then likely weed out the smaller fish in the process.
Of course there's always the flyrod approach, with the myriad of options that offers.
One of the most prevelant questions I need to answer is: what kind of bluegill fishery does this waterway have to offer? All I know is I've caught incidental 'gills here many, many years ago; I know I have multiple structural elements to work with, and a few months of cold weather to do it in.
How would you approach this situation?