I hit the water around 7 am with a plan on hooking up with a buddy around 1 for a deep water afternoon bluegill bite. Having not been out on this body of water in quite a while, I cut a ton of holes over varying habit types and depths hoping to key in on what they were holding on.
Right off, I found crappie and perch. They were running on a weed edge. The holes that had little to no weeds were the best. While the perch and crappie were fun, I couldn’t resist hitting the weeds to see if the bluegill were still biting. They were and the bigger fish seemed to be hiding out in the thickest weeds. These two patterns that I put together continued until I was forced to leave for my rendezvous point.
After meeting up with my buddy, we drove to the bluegill lake and made the short walk out. Having made this trip before we knew that the gills would be deep but we needed to find a better pattern for staying on them. On a prior trip (Bass And Bows… On Accident) we located a hump in deep water. Knowing that this would somehow be key to our success, this was the area we targeted.
Our first set of holes was on and around the hump covering quite a large area. As we worked through the spread, the numbers of fish that we were seeing was good. While there were a lot of gills, many were small. Not losing faith, we kept fishing. In the mix were quite a few bass and rainbows. As the holes got shallower, all species were void excepts for a new one for us on this body of water; brook trout.
The trip wasn’t a total bust but we never really located the numbers of bluegills that we had hoped for.