Do you love big bluegill?
This one is about the river I have fished most in the recent past and will likely fish a lot this year. I have done very well in raw numbers and I am convinced that there are bigger ones. I won't say exactly where and for the most part it doesn't matter. There are a couple of other nearby flows I also fish, alternating because of proximity to other things or seasonal fish (I only have to go a little east to get into some sea run shad and stripers in the spring) but the character is much the same. They are small Piedmont rivers with occasional shoal rapids, down timber, some fast shallow stretches, some deep holes and usually somewhat murky water. The panfish tend to be very aggressive in the warm months.
I tend to concentrate in the slower, deeper areas especially where there is timber. The small lipless cranks have been big producers, but I think I need to deep jig for the larger fish.