Looking for some simple bluegill fishing tips that can bump up the bites you get from these fun freshwater fighters? If so, you might want to think about planning a summer trip to one of Florida’s top spots for bream, then get your ultralight or 5-weight rod ready.
Where To Go Bluegill Fishing
Since bluegill have a preference for shallow waters with substantial amounts of vegetation, many of Florida’s freshwater lakes and canal systems are considered to be ideal bluegill habitat. Places like Lake Istokpoga, Lake Kissimmee, Lake Okeechobee, or the freshwater Everglades canal systems offer great opportunities for bluegill fishing during the summer months.
Bluegill are one of the best species to target on family fishing trips because they will eagerly take several different types of baits and do a great job of keeping young anglers entertained. Although, even the most experienced of freshwater anglers will tell you that it’s pretty hard to beat a summer day spent reeling in America’s favorite panfish.
Summer Bluegill Fishing Tips
- While bluegill will bite year-round, the time period from April through June is generally the best time of year to fish for bluegill in Florida. You will have the best luck if you fish during the early morning or evening hours.
- Use an ultralight to light action spinning rod and reel combo rigged with 4 to 6-pound monofilament fishing line.
- Focus on areas near vegetation or shoreline that are less than six feet deep.
- Use live worms or crickets, particularly when fishing with kids, since they are the best natural baits for bluegill and are most likely to entice the fish to bite.
- Rig your line for live baits using small hooks in sizes ranging from 6 to 8 — adding a split shot weight about six inches up.
- Fish live baits on the bottom or suspended beneath a bobber.
- If you want to fish for bluegill using an artificial bait, try a Johnson Beetle Spin in white or chartreuse.
- Fly anglers can target summer bluegill using a 5-weight fly rod rigged with a floating line and small popping bug or white streamer.
- If you are fly fishing, it will also help to remember that remember that bluegill are cautious by nature, so you’ll do better using fine tippets that are 4 pounds or even less.
Now that you have some helpful summer bluegill fishing tips, don’t forget to check Florida’s freshwater fishing rules and regulations before your first bluegill trip of the summer season.