Do you love big bluegill?
I see you are in Indiana. I suspect the water conditions are different up there than down here in the Floirda Panhandle, but the water is so low and the heat has been so intense we are very much into a summer pattern.
Down here the best catches of bream have been with a fly rod and top water popper right after day light and late just before sunset. An hour on each end has been pretty good. The rest of the day we go deep to the bottom or near the bottom.
I fish rivers and creeks and locate fish out from the banks. Then move close to the bank and fish out in deep water. This is working pretty good. Crickets have been the best bait.
Try my banner string tip, the post for which is around here somewhere.
Briefly, it's a string of car lot "banners," with a weight on one end. Suspend it in about 20 feet of water, and maybe add a floating chum dispenser at the top (although some call that cheating!).
In essence, the vertical "quickie structure," with it's bright colors and waving movement is suggested to attract and hold bluegill.
The chum is an added benefit!
The flags can be found on the internet for $5-6.
Adam, the first place I would start is the internet! http://www.tn.gov/twra/fish/fishmain.html I'm in Minnesota and found this link for ya. It looks like you can find topo maps, fishing reports and the such! I live down that way for a while. Richmond, KY to be exact and did not do much fishing. I was working way too much. The little that I did do was on friends farm ponds! That would be an excellent start as well. Knock on a door or two and ask them if you can fish their pond. Maybe offer to do a little clean up around the shore in exchange. Worse thing they can say is no.
Another good way to approach this is to start hanging around the local bait shop. Get to know some of the regulars and ask them for some spots to go. Heck, they may even offer to take you out sometime. Good luck!