Bluegill do have pretty good eyesight, so using fluorocarbon or a fluorocarbon leader can be a good option. Honestly, anytime is a good time to catch bluegill. they are very excellent. In Washington State, that can be anywhere from May through June. The key to catching bluegills all year long is knowing where to find them.Here's a breakdown of the hows and whys of seasonal bluegill movement and location. Grilling Whole Bluegill. Lavon, TX. A lake that produces big bluegill one year may have a significant decrease in size the next. You can sign in to vote the answer. one of my favorites. But as fall progresses, they start moving a little deeper towards their winter holding areas. Any recommendation for shore jigging reel size? L. lavonfisher OP. Private ponds are bluegill gold. These Great Lakes and Southern favorites are best eaten soon after catching. Re: Do people eat bluegill? Make sure to pick the right spot when fishing for Bluegill. Line choice doesn’t need to be complicated. A huge 4 pound, 12-ounce bluegill was caught in Alabama in 1950 and still stands as the world record. With the right method, you can grill either whole or filleted bluegill. Are you a fan of fishing? You want a bass pond. Tilapia grow faster and are almost indestructible, making them ideal for beginners to … Retrieve it slowly and add small twitches to impart action on the fly. Occasionally, when we target bigger bluegill, we switch to small, in-line spinners or micro crankbaits. Its worth remembering that the lemon/lime soak was first brought to my attention as a way to prepare carp for the table. Not much is understood about what triggers the spawn but in general, when water temps reach 65°, spawning begins. Directions. Both eastern and western Washington lakes have excellent bluegill fishing but east side lakes lay claim to some of the largest gills in the state. Once they reach 8 inches, filleting produces decent sized boneless portions that are excellent for frying. much better than bass. Bluegill are often ranked among some of the best eating freshwater fish in North America. A 2020 freshwater fishing license costs $29.50 for residents 16 and older. With this setup, you’re ready to take on bluegill and any other panfish out there. I'm in a similar situation with a 3 acre pond. Bluegill tend to have small mouths so you don’t want to use too large of a hook. Apr 13, 2015 - Explore Louis Casado's board "Bluegill recipes" on Pinterest. As the vegetation dies by mid-winter, move out to deeper basins to find schools of fish. Pick a few that sound good and try them. Bluegill fishing seems to be a boom or bust fishery. Growing up along the eastern border of the state, bluegill fishing was unknown to me. When fishing structure like stumps and brush, try using a drop shot style rig or just cast a 1/32 ounce jig with a 2” Mister Twister Curly tail grub. Bluegill are often ranked among some of the best eating freshwater fish in North America. A basic freshwater fishing license is all that’s needed to fish for bluegill in Washington State. Cut all the way to the fish's spine with each cut. For targeting big bluegills, we like to use ultralight spinning gear. Bluegill are one of the most common of the bream. Tilapia are a part of the cichlid family, while bluegills are sunfish. FishingDuo.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Bluegills are considered the most common “panfish” in North America. And that, of course, is the joke. My FIL prefers any fish fried after rolling the filets in corn meal. In spring, bluegill are biting all day but the night and morning bite are generally the slowest times. Chances are also good that you’ve come across conflicting advice on how to grow those monster ‘gills. Two cups of total meal is normally enough to fry 15 to 20 gills. Then, place a bobber at the desired depth. … Visit the WDFW website for current seasons, limits and license fees for 2020. Tender little panfish -- bluegills, crappies, pumpkin seeds and small perch and bass -- are freshwater fish small enough to be cooked in a frying pan over a hot fire built lakeside. Bluegill taste very good. Bluegill are a great tasting fish. To top it all off, you can get the entire setup for only $70. A few crappie can be taken with this presentation as well. #6466530 08/01/11 09:33 PM: Joined: Jul 2011. You must abide by the season dates listed in the regulations for the lake you intend to fish. Other lakes may produce bigger gills but it’s up to you to find them. They can get to full eating size in 2-3 years and self regulate (adults eat some of the smaller ones) so you don't end up with just a ton of small fish (like with bluegill) and instead get a good … Bluegill don’t readily chase down prey so these lures are better suited for pulling big, aggressive males off their beds during the spawn. The best part is that you probably have everything you need to start catching monster gills. or cornmeal. There might be fewer bluegill but they will be bigger. In a shallow bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Relevance. Look for moderate weed growth. More commonly, beds are found in the space between the shoreline and the inside edge of weed beds. Black, white and greens are our favorite colors but any of the natural color plastics should catch plenty of fish. You can also use the same setup with plastic skirts or grubs on the jig which lets you add some color to get the attention of bigger fish. My favorite fish to eat is catfish, but a close second are both bluegill and crappie. Bluegills aren't very big, nor are they great fighters and as far as fish go they aren't that good looking, but they are very hook friendly and taste pretty darn good. While not bluegill, they can make for a good combo fishing trip... sort of a one-two angling punch. I know a lot of us Crappie fish but does it really have the taste of a nice Redbreast. Growing up, we'd just "dress" them, i.e., remove scales, head & guts; fry them in a mix of flour and cornmeal, and eat around the bones. It’s important to note that the spawn is when quality bluegill populations are at their most vulnerable from angling pressure. Take a look at state record bluegills across the country and you’ll notice most of them are caught from private farm ponds. I like crappie for their delicate flesh, but bluegill for their flavor. Braided line is usually thinner and more sensitive than other lines. They're a mild, white, flaky fish. Very few of the round, waffle-thin fish called This isn’t always the case and it varies from one lake to another. It was mentioned in above thread about mudvein. There are a lot of rods to choose from but one of the nicest ultralight rods we’ve found is the 5’ 6” Okuma Celilo from Amazon. We’ll cover the gear, seasons and even a handful of spots to try for big bluegill. Be sure to check out our complete list of record bluegill for every state to see how bluegill in Washington compare to the rest of the country. The Hybrid Bluegills high-stocking rate requires a good feeding program. Bluegill spawning happens in water up to 80° which means from May to August you’ll find big gills on spawning beds. All you have to do is choose your lake wisely. Get your answers by asking now. Posts: 511. We’ll talk more about the spawn in just a bit. bluegill, redears, all have the same type/density flesh when you filet up . Keep in mind that small fish often pick apart worms without ever getting hooked. Any bluegill pushing 12 inches would be a contender for record book status. They might not be at the top of most angler’s hit list but they’re easy to catch and put up one heck of a fight. They really don't taste like either of them. Still have questions? Finally, tip the jig with a nice chunk of nightcrawler or a whole red worm. While everyone has their favorite, it’s probably true that bluegill does taste just a little better compared to crappie. A fast word for fisherman / fisher-woman is "angler". I'd suggest looking up some different cooking methods on Google. Be sure to release big males and keep only mid-sized fish to encourage the development of a higher quality population. Panfish tastes the best. JEROME - As far as I'm concerned the greatest fish for a kid is a bluegill. If so what recipes are good? There’s nothing complicated about fishing for bluegill. The current Washington State bluegill record is 2.33 pounds caught in Yakima County on June 10, 1984. Not to mention, these little panfish are a tasty treat for the table. I couldn't believe how good they were when I first tried them. Here in Washington State, we are lucky to have an abundance of fishable lakes and many of them provide quality bluegill fishing. You can filet them, but it takes practice to filet well, particularly on smaller fish like bluegill. There is no wrong way of cooking them. Fall is a great time to fish for bluegill. Join Yahoo Answers and get 100 points today. We paired it up with a smooth, high quality Pflueger Trion SP20B spinning reel which is also available for $40 from Sportsman’s Warehouse. When the conditions are right, these panfish flourish for several years until something upsets the balance. Bluegill have very small mouths so any shad they consume needs to be young. The best bluegill fishing on a summer day is during the last few hours before sunset. Here are 10 of the best lakes to catch big bluegill across Washington State. A lake only filled with bluegill might grow lots of fish but the limited space and forage means they’ll be stunted and small. I find that rockbass remind me of larger bluegill , same density,etc. For most lakes in Washington, there is no daily limit or size restriction on bluegill. Bluegill are the Rodney Dangerfield of freshwater angling – these days, even the once-reviled common carp gets more press. floured and fried. Because of their small size, most anglers don’t fillet bluegill but instead fry them whole with the guts removed. Do they taste any good, and if they do what's the best way to cook them? The bite really picks up as the sun sags in the sky and surface water temperatures drop a few degrees. However, there are a handful of lakes that consistently produce big gills for anglers looking to put in the time to find them. In another bowl, whisk eggs. You lose meat fileting and you need more fish to make a meal, meaning more work. Chasing big bluegill through the ice can be action-packed anytime of day. Thanks. It’s super affordable ($25) and well built. Gizzard shad, threadfin shad, and even small American shad can make good bait for bluegill. In quality populations, bluegill reaching 8 to 10 inches are possible. By far, the best bait for bluegill is worms. They are easy to fillet and slide down real well. Thread on a large worm with enough dangling from the hook to make it look irresistible. Heavy weeds in a lake still hold gills but it’s almost impossible to fish. Posts: 511. You can narrow down your search for big bluegill by looking for the right balance of habitat, predation and angling pressure. On average, bluegill in Washington State reach 6 to 8 inches in length and up to a half pound. Brad Parscale: Trump could have 'won by a landslide', Ex-NFL lineman unrecognizable following extreme weight loss, Watch: Extremely rare visitor spotted in Texas county, Baby born from 27-year-old frozen embryo is new record, Hiker recounts seeing monolith removed from desert, Hershey's Kisses’ classic Christmas ad gets a makeover, 'Voice' fans outraged after brutal results show, 'Retail apocalypse' will spread after gloomy holidays: Strategist. Warm water means better food supplies for fish and the sooner the water warms, the longer fish have to eat and grow. Chances are you live only a short drive from your own bluegill honey hole. Bluegill try to spend most of their time in water from 60 to 80 °F (16 to 27 °C), and tend to have a home range of about 320 square feet (30 m 2) during nonreproductive months. Real world tips and information about all things fishing. They taste great in different ways. Angling pressure is also a good way to reduce fish numbers. At late ice, bluegills often return to the shallows, which receive an influx of oxygen as melting snow drains into the lake and the sun’s rays begin to penetrate through the thinning ice. Kids under 15 years fish for free and a combination salt and freshwater license for anglers 15 years of age is $8.05. Predator fish should be present. Most anglers agree that Bluegill taste slightly better. Water temperatures are cold and their primary food source is less abundant. This is usually 2 to 4 feet above the jig. Pro Angler. Although, the wild ones may prove to be a bit healthier. Mid-day and early afternoon usually produce the best bluegill fishing in spring leading up to the spawn. They have a firm, flaky meat with a sweet succulent taste. They are very good tasting fish; you just have to catch a mess of them to get a good sized meal. 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