Prespawn bluegill can be found in water temperatures under 60 degrees. At this time many bluegill can be found on sharp breaks and drop-offs adjacent to weeds––this is where they bulk up on forage before the spawn. Bluegills are fun and easy to catch at this time of year, but bigger fish can be tough to find, as they like deeper water and find underwater structure like wood or weed beds. A slip bobber with a tiny jig with a nail tail soft plastic will do the trick. Tip your hook with wax worms or crickets. If you are finding fish on the bottom try enticing them by light-lining a small jig. When fishing deeper water, it is essential you have a sensitive, ultralight spinning rod. G. Loomis has your needs covered with the GL2 841-2S TJR, which is a 7’ ultralight rod. The longer rod will give you positive hooksets in deeper water. Pair it with a 1000-sized Shimano reel and 5-pound PowerPro braid and you will have the tools to target big bluegills residing in the depths.
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