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What state would you choose to fish Bluegill if you could only pick one?

We are fortunate to have members from all over this great nation...One of my favorite things about Bigbluegill.com is the instant connection with the people that love and enjoy the same things that I do when it comes to all things Bluegill from folks all over the country.....Many of us have also had the great experience of fishing several different states whether vacationing, traveling for work or as a result of moving..... If you could pick one state to fish Bluegill, what state would it be and why? Thanks for sharing and I expect this may be a difficult choice for some and very easy for others.....Again, thanks in advance!

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Greg,  Yes we do have a few bluegill here in Hawaii.  You might find the Red Devils more plentiful and exciting. When you get out this way, let me know and I'll take you out and show you around our one and only lake on Oahu. LOL Aloha, Stan.   Hawaii Bass Fishing.com

Glad to hear about the BLUEGILL there!!!!!! RED DEVIL?????

Its a little tropical aquarium fish... People have dumped their unused aquarium fish in streams in Hawaii and the "little" Red Devil grows up to 1 1/2 pounds in the lake.  They are bright red or orange and sit in the shallow water along the shore. They will eat anything. (a problem for spawning peacock and largemouth bass). Strong fighting fish.  Anyway, we move along the shore and sight fish for them with fly rods or light spinning tackle.  The only bad part is they will not take a surface lure or floating fly. See the picture of my avitar... My granddaughter and I with her first red devil.

I've only been fortunate enough to fish in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana for gills, but of the three Indiana takes the cake. However on trout I like Wisconsin and for bass I like Illinois (sometimes).

Indiana is well represented....I always look back to Bobby Knight fishing shows that ran when I was younger. Good choice Jacob! 

i'll have to check them out thanks! my dad used to drive coach knight out on lake monroe occasionally... he said knight was a little bit of a prick. no surprises there though.

I don't know if there is any better, day-in-and-day-out, public venues than the areas that Jeffrey Abney fishes in northeast N.Carolina and the nearby waters of tidewater Virginia with Cahoon, Prince, Western Branch and Burnt Mills. Light angling pressure and limited access makes these waters top-notch, year after year.

I am hearing and seeing, a lot about Barkley and Kentucky Lakes for big red ears. And who wouldn't want to spend a day with LedHed and a shot at those 2-pound plus coppernose at Perris in So Cal conditions?

We all tend to think the grass is always greener, but I have caught more quality gills close to home than far and away.

Yup...it's a tough call!

Appreciate that Jim....I am grateful top have tremendous bluegill fishing right here by the house in northeast N.C......Work takes me a few other places and I get home to Louisiana as often as I can but it's always fun to get back on my honey holes....

Yes Jim, I couldn't agree more. we get big redears down here in Southern Indiana and Kentucky, but Carolina, Louisiana, and CA and AZ gills seem to top out at 3lbs to our 1.5

Jacob, CA gills are large due to the amount of X-factors we're bombarding them with..mainly pollutants..they get warped with genetic mutation..other than that, like Californians, they love to eat..You can't imagine the amount of large people we got here because we like the party hard, and eat like monsters.

sorry leo i just your comment now this now for some reason... anyway genetic mutation thats crazy! wow

      Louisiana ----- But can't make a comparision because I never fished in other states.   I kinda lean to fishing for goggle-eye (warmouth) mostly and think LA has a slight edge over other states.  The crawfish / grass shrimp / frogs etc. and temperature help out with any type of freshwater fish your after in LA especially bluegill / goggle-eye.   But no mater what state is your choice take a kid / grandkid fishing with you and enjoy the scenery.   

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