Bluegill - Big Bluegill

Do you love big bluegill?

So this is probably the last thing you would expect me to ask after the picture many of you guys saw yesterday, but how do you catch spawning rockies? Smallie fishing has pretty much come to an end this spring and the rock bass are THICK on points and flats near large drop-offs. The giant one ate a big jig and plastic but when I put a smaller jig and plastic on, they want nothing to do with it. Should I use tubes? Are they simply not going to eat? By the way, the lake that I fish is CRYSTAL CLEAR so when I'm fishing in 12ft of water I can still see them. Thanks in advance

Views: 284

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Jacob I love crystal clear lakes to fish you can see some of the bites you sometimes miss in off colored water. Sometimes you can't even feel the bite and If think that's not true statement fish crystal clear lakes for yourself and see how many bites are undetected. I really can't speak much on the Rock Bass I have always found them to be very aggressive and not shy about taking any morsel you put in front of them and usually being the first fish to the bait. I do use lots of twister tails not to say tubes will not work cause like I said they are not shy. The only other thing I might add is color. Color might be a factor. I use lots of pearl color tails. Colors of choice in order of best starts with white, light chartreuse, light blue and red. All being pearl. Thank you Jacob Lindy Hill for the post it will be interesting and I will monitor myself, I love all the fishing info I can get.

Thanks so much for the response Dick. I attribute ALL of my smallie success to the clear water. If you get a smallmouth to charge your bait once, even if it turns off, you will always catch it. Color change and extreme finesse may be necessary, but if the fish is interested, it will eat. Anyway, it was so out of character for these rock bass to be so sluggish. I'll put a chartreuse twister tail on next week and give it a try. I'm hopefully going to get a chance to measure a big fish next week and send it in for the catch and release record.

Rock bass crush just about anything.....Bass anglers on lake Geneva can't keep them off their crankbaits......I would suggest a crankbait with a small profile like GSR-4 Rapala....it suspends, and gets down to 12'....and would work great on lakes like Vulcan.

thanks bill. it was weird for them to be so inactive...

Thank you for the info on the smallies I didn't know that. Take care and hope you have a good day of fishing on your next outing.

Jacob, I would fish a 1/16 or a 1/32 oz. tube jig and bounce it off the bottom in the rocks. I would try and match the color of the crawfish in your lake, as rockbass love them. 

in the kankakee river basin where i catch most of my rock bass they spawn right after or with the smallies right around mothers day.lake michigan not till june - july.i always find them where you find the smallmouth most of the year.the planetarium in downtown chicago is full of rock bass any where off the wall.just say above the boulders.

RSS

Latest Activity

Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Same Sunset Yesterday over the Albemarle Sound...North Carolina....1/23/2022

"Thanks Bruce.....we average about 5" a year but often we will skip it all…"
yesterday
Bruce Tomaselli commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
yesterday
John Sheehan commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
yesterday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
yesterday
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

The catchers

"For Gills and Pseeds  yes the 10th oz SP,Bruce. But for Perch, Bass and Pickerel,…"
Sunday
Bruce Tomaselli commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

The catchers

"I always to well with the smaller ones for pan fish."
Sunday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Creek Closest To My House......1/22/2022

"Right Bruce....I'm over it already, but Mother Nature rules......"
Sunday
John Sheehan posted a photo

The catchers

Ice spoons that caught Perch, Bass and Pickerel. Tipped with Salted Shiner Heads or Fathead…
Saturday
John Sheehan replied to John Sheehan's discussion Tipping with Perch eyes in the group East coast Ice fisherman
"Using figers instead of Knife: How To Remove Perch Eyes For Bait - Bing video "
Saturday
Bruce Tomaselli commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Creek Closest To My House......1/22/2022

"Wow, I didn't know it got that cold down there. You might as well move to PA, hahaha."
Saturday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a photo

Creek Closest To My House......1/22/2022

Yes, it's coastal North Carolina.....happens every few years//
Saturday
John Sheehan replied to John Sheehan's discussion Tipping with Perch eyes in the group East coast Ice fisherman
"Lindy Flyer and Rapala Jigging Raps are two Lures I have tipped with Perch Eyes to catch Bluegills…"
Friday
John Sheehan added a discussion to the group East coast Ice fisherman
Friday
John Sheehan commented on Wade Jones's group Crappie Crew
"16" 2# Nov.18 2021   "
Jan 19
John Sheehan commented on Bruce Condello's group www.BigBullhead.com
"The Floating Jig /Split Shot Rig with small piece of Hotdog or crawler piece. The …"
Jan 18
John Sheehan replied to Slip Sinker's discussion ICE-ING GILLS BRAGGER BOARD in the group ICE-ING GILLS -<")))))><( RIGS, TIPS AND TRICKS
"These three spoons were the catchers   Jan/Feb 2021 :1/8th oz. Slimfish/ ,1/5th oz. and…"
Jan 18
John Sheehan replied to Slip Sinker's discussion ICE-ING GILLS BRAGGER BOARD in the group ICE-ING GILLS -<")))))><( RIGS, TIPS AND TRICKS
"My two best from 2021. Spoons tipped with Salted Shiner Heads took them both.PB Perch was 14""
Jan 18
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's group East coast Ice fisherman
"AMAZING RECORD CATCH : New State Record Cusk Landed in New Hampshire | Field & Stream…"
Jan 18
Bruce Tomaselli added 3 discussions to the group ICE-ING GILLS -<")))))><( RIGS, TIPS AND TRICKS
Jan 17
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a status
"it's rough to have a long weekend and be grounded the entire time....but such is winter.....maybe next week I'll get a chance...."
Jan 17

© 2022   Created by Bluegill.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service