Bluegill Fishing Tips

The Best Bluegill Fishing Tips

Welcome to Apex Fishing Tips, this section of our website is about bluegill fishing. This web page contains information on bluegills and bluegill fishing tactics, tricks and methods. All anglers will find the bluegill fishing information on this page useful. Our bluegill fishing tricks are useful to people who've never been fishing, up to people who've been fishing their entire life. Our bluegill fishing tips will help you catch bigger bluegills, more often.

Below you'll find 7 bluegill fishing tips that will increase your chances of catching bluegills. Anglers, both novice and expert, will be able to use the our bluegill fishing tips and information to chance more of them. If you have some bluegill fishing tips you would like to share, please contact us with them and we'll add them below.

Along with 7 bluegill fishing tips, we're going to teach you about bluegills, their behavior and diet. With that, you'll also be able to see what the current all-tackle world fishing record is for a bluegill. If you need more bluegill fishing information you can use the list of resources at the bottom of this page, after viewing some cool bluegill fishing pictures.

7 Bluegill Fishing Tips

  1. Bluegills love live bait and there really isn't any live bait that they won't take as long as they can fit it in their mouth. Worms and waxworms are the most successful live bait for catching bluegills. Just one large earthworm can be divided into four pieces and used to catch bluegills. Putting a full earthworm on the hook will just result in multiple bluegill tearing it off. You can also catch bluegills using small jigs, lures and spoons.
  2. Bluegills, even the large ones, have small mouths. Unless you're in the business of feeding bluegills, instead of catching them, you'll need to use the right size hook. If you're trying to catch real small bluegills for bait, you'll want to use a #12 or #10 hook. If you're just having fun and trying to catch blue gills use a #8 or a #6. If you're hunting bull bluegills and you know where they are you might need to upgrade to a #4 hook.
  3. The easiest way to catch bluegill is to use a traditional bobber or a slipper bobber. This involves just a bobber, split shot, hook and bait. We recommend using slipper bobbers over traditional bobbers. With a slip bobber you can set the depth using a knot on your line, and if you're fishing more than 3 feet deep and want any type of casting accuracy, you'll want to use a slip bobber.
  4. Want to up the ante on your bluegill fishing fun? Try using a crappie rig with a traditional or slip bobber. A crappie rig uses two hooks instead of one. This can be a lot of fun when you located a big school of bluegills. You know what's more fun then reeling in one bluegill... two bluegills at the same time.
  5. Bluegills love to school together. If you catch one bluegill, chances are there are more near or around that same spot. Don't cast directly on top of the same spot, instead try to cast beyond it and slowly reel in back to it. A common mistake among anglers is they cast directly on top of the spot and scare off the school.
  6. Want to use bluegills to catch larger gamefish like bass? We recommend trying to catch a bluegill between 2 and 3 inches in length. Then, rig up a large slip bobber, a heavy slip shot weight and a hook. Set the depth about 1 to 2 feet above the bottom, hook up the bluegill (in its back, behind the main fin) and cast it out there. Don't worry if the bobber moves around a lot, the bluegill will slow down in 5 minutes or less. We've caught some of our biggest largemouth bass using this setup.
  7. Always, and we mean ALWAYS, follow bluegill size limits and creel limits. There is always a minimum size and a limit to how many you can keep each day. This is important, because bluegills are a staple in the diet of most popular game fish, especially largemouth bass. The bluegill population in a lake or pond needs to be diverse in size. Practice safe and sustainable fishing will ensure we can all enjoying fishing for many years to come.

About Bluegills (Lepomis macrochirus)

Bluegill (lepomis macrochirus)

Bluegills (Lepomis macrochirus) are a species of freshwater fish that are members of the family Centrarchidae. Bluegills are sometimes called bream, brim, copper nose or sunny. They are native to North America and can be found in rivers, lakes, ponds and streams. Bluegills have a blueish-purple face, a bright orangish-yellow belly, and dark colored bands along its sides.

Bluegills are one of the easiest fish to catch and perfect for young children. They're aggressive feeders and they will try to eat anything that can fit into their months. The typical prey for a bluegill is small bait fish and aquatic insects. They can be found in large schools and it's not uncommon to catch dozens of bluegills in one day. Bluegills are important to the food chain, and are common prey for other popular game fish, including largemouth bass, northern pike and walleye.

Bluegill Fishing Records

The below International Game Fish Association (IGFA) bluegill world fishing records are up to date as of 2021.

Bluegill Fishing Pictures

A bluegill caught while fishing

A picture of a bluegill (L. macrochirus) caught on a fishing trip.
(Credit: heydere / Flickr)

A bluegill caught while ice fishing

A picture of a bluegill (L. macrochirus) caught on a ice fishing trip.
(Credit: Larry Reis / Flickr)

A few bluegills on a fishing stringer

A picture of a kid with a few bluegills on a fishing stringer.
(Credit: iowadnr2 / Flickr)

Bluegill Fishing Resources