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Summer Bluegills in The North

Summer brings long days and ample opportunity to fish 7 days a week, and one of the most popular species in the upper Midwest is bluegill. They are not tough to find and catch in numbers, but the big ones seem to disappear. Where do they go, and how does one catch them?

How To Target And Catch Summer Perch

Early in the spring, anglers often catch perch in shallow water less than 10 feet deep.

However, as spring turns into summer, the shallow-water action for these little panfish tapers off. In order to continue enjoying the fun action and tasty meals perch offer, it’s time to change fishing locations.

When the water starts to warm up, perch will head for deeper water areas, in the 20 to 25 foot range. The best deeper-water areas include ledges, drop-offs and deep holes, especially those with muddy bottoms. Perch will also move to deep-water areas with rocky bottoms.

The 5 Best Lures for Big Bluegills

For pure fishing fun, it’s hard to top scrappy bluegills. At a young age, many of us discovered the thrill of having them pull our bobber into the depths.  More experienced anglers may begin to curse the tell-tale tap of a ‘gill on a bass lure, but it’s only because we’ve forgotten just how much fun—and delicious—catching a stinger of these feisty panfish can be.

Panfish: Strike Indicators & Wet Fly Rigs That Work

Every now and then I get the urge to catch a mess of panfish for a fish fry. Where I live that generally means rock bass, which are in abundance. In fact, they’re common enough to be considered a nuisance fish on most lakes around here.

5 Easy Ways to Make the Most of Summer Bluegill Fishing

Outdoor types consider bluegill fishing as American as apple pie and baseball. Many anglers had their passion fired by first catching the ubiquitous bluegill, the most striking member of the sunfish family. Bluegill are plentiful, fun to catch and amazing on the dinner plate. Follow these steps to start your passion for bluegill fishing.

10 Proven Tactics to Score More Summer Panfish

No fish are more appealing to go after on a hot summer day than panfish. Unlike bass, trout and stripers, which can sometimes be difficult to catch, species like crappies, bluegills and white bass are almost always willing to nab a lure, bait or fly.