Bluegill Bait

What’s the best bait for springtime bluegills? Well, that’s been up for debate for many years. I guess it all depends on where you are fishing. And even may need to take water conditions into account. Here in Indiana, we have 4 different types of fisheries. We have natural lakes, rivers, ponds, and reservoirs. Let’s just take a look at each of these assuming water conditions are considered normal. Rivers: normally we don’t see many folks fishing for gills in our river systems up here. With the small exception of some channels off of the rivers that connect to the great lakes. In this instance, I notice that a lot of fishermen will use worms of all kinds. From craters to wigglers. But it is just not practiced widely. Our ponds are fished most successfully with behemoths or worms but almost any live bait can produce in those areas. The reservoir systems don’t contain large quantities of bluegill like the ones in the middle and southern parts of the state but bee moths and wigglers seem to work well when you can find them. You would be better-served crappie fishing with various jigs or minnows. And many people use a combination of the two. The Natural lakes are where I’ve had my best luck in northern IN. crickets have seemed to produce the best harvests that I have ever seen. Although, the gills can be caught on a variety of live baits this time of year including red worms, wax worms, wigglers, bee moths, and cricket. I’ve also had some luck with small bug jugs and usually tip those with a bee moth. Hope this helps you find the right choice of baits for the spring gills!

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