Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bluegill on my Local Lake

 I finally made it out to our local lake today. The lake is only 165 areas, and for the most part it was busy all day. At one time I counted 33 boats at various places on the lake. This was not counting the people sitting on the banks and pier. So either someone was skipping work or there was a lot of retires----either way it was good to be on the water with all the home folks. I finally started fishing around 1:00 under bright clear blue skies. I spent 2 hours trying to catch some of the nice crappie the lake possesses. Needless to say I struck out in that area. I decided to switch to my trusted fly rod around 3. With the water temps in the middle 60’s I thought I would try the nymph in deep water off the edge of dead weed beds, which proved successful. I was using the black gnat size 12. Everyone has their favorite go to fly; well this is my go to fly in early spring for bluegill in deep water. The hits were slow and not aggressive. I had to move it ever so slow to get the hit. I ended the day with a good meal of fillet bluegills.   
   Find the dead weed beds in water 7 to 8 ft deep and you would find a number of bream on the front side close to deep water.
Compact, lightweight, and durable, my little Raider pontoon boat.

A great catch with my Temple Fork 3 Wt. 7 ½ ft. rod and G-Loomis Reel
Caught 12 and kept this group for a meal

8 comments:

troutrageous1 said...

Looks like good table fare. Congrats on the good day out.

Bill Trussell said...

It was a tough day because the fish was soooooo finicky. It is always fun to figure out what will get the hit. I will be heading back to the lake tomorrow.

Midgeman said...

Good looking brace of Gills and a great looking little boat! It had to be a fun day....

Bill Trussell said...

Well it was so much fun I am heading back today. I am going to use some beadhesd nymphs today to get a little deeper. I hope to pick up some larger fish. The water temps on Wednesday was 62.5.

Coloradocasters said...

I have an addiction for bluegills and other panfish. It's sad really. I see a decent school of the little guys and my sanity goes right out the window. Probably why I don't fish bass tournaments.

Chris Barclay said...

What a great time, especially catching finicky fish is especially satisfying. Great setup there too. I used to have the same boat.

Bill Trussell said...

Hi Chris
I am taking this little boat to fish the Caney Fork for trout in a couple of weeks. My son-in-law will be going with me and we will float a 5 mile section of the river. It has a drop anchor so we will be able to stop at any time we see a great spot. Check back for the post in a couple of weeks. Thanks for the comment.

Bill Trussell said...

Hi Colorado
You and I are in the same zone. I am into the gill fishing so bad that it has overtaken my bass fishing. I hardly ever bass fish anymore and now am into the fly fishing so bad that it has pretty much consumed my time during the week. Being retired really helps in the addiction factor too. Thanks for the comment.