Where can I find winter bluegill?

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The mouths of coves, the bases of steep bluffs, and the deepest edge of a dock would be good places to start. If the lake has deadfalls that protrude into deeper water, wintering bluegills will often suspend over extended branches or in open water off the ends of dead trees.

Where is the best bluegill fishing in Michigan?

Some of the best bluegill fishing in the Upper Peninsula is in the Great Lakes, and Lake Michigan’s Big Bay De Noc and Little Bay De Noc are both outstanding. Many other inland lakes, including Caribou Lake, Crooked Lake, the Shakey Lakes, Indian Lake and Hamilton Lake have good bluegill fishing.

Where can I find big bluegills in ice fishing?

How do you ice fish for bluegills in Michigan?

What is the limit for bluegill in Michigan?

Size limit: 14 inches.

What is the Michigan state record bluegill?

The current state record for a bluegill is 2 pounds 12 ounces, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Master Angler Program. Kemp’s fish will have to be verified by a DNR fisheries biologist before it can be officially listed as the new state record.

How deep are bluegill in the winter?

Bluegill can often be found in water 20 feet or deeper as winter approaches.

What is the best bait for ice fishing bluegill?

How do you target a large bluegill?

Bass Bluegill Lap Flies: I use large, primarily subsurface patterns when going after big fish. Large nymphs, wet flies, sinking bugs, and small streamers are all excellent choices when pursuing large panfish. I like a size six hook occasionally going as large as a size four on some patterns.

What is the best month to catch bluegill?

Spring and early summer is the best time to catch bluegills because they gather in the shallows to spawn, become very aggressive, and are easy to catch. Wade or boat within easy casting distance of the nests with a small lure or bait just below a small bobber.

Do bluegills bite when its cold?

Many Natural State fishermen believe bluegills quit biting when the water gets cold, so fishing for these delicious fish is fruitless. Fortunately, that’s untrue. Bluegills actually stay active throughout the cold months, and this is a great time of year to catch dozens if you use the proper fishing tactics.

How do you target bluegill ice fishing?

Perhaps the most common and effective method for targeting bluegill through the ice is micro-jigging. This technique involves using tiny jigs made of a heavy, dense metal like tungsten, which sinks extremely fast. I like to bait these jigs and rapidly jigging them a few inches above the bottom.

What time of day is best for ice fishing?

The best time of day to ice fish is during the first couple of hours after sunrise, and for about 2 hours both before and after sunset. These are the times when most fish are heading to their feeding grounds, and when most species are active. What is this?

Where can I target panfish ice fishing?

Most anglers target transition areas of mud, sand, and rock in 15 to 25 feet. These are breeding grounds where millions of larvae rise from the lake bottom. Another late-ice option is to target shallow-water chara grass, or sand grass, in 6 to 12 feet. In this situation, perch are feeding on small crayfish, not larvae.

How many lines can you ice fish with in Michigan?

An individual shall not use more than 3 single lines or 3 single rods and lines, or a single line and a single rod and line, and shall not attach more than 6 hooks on all lines. The commission may decrease the number of rods per angler.

Is it illegal to fish with bluegill in Michigan?

Re: Bluegills For Bait Michigan says “Any fish legally caught may be used as bait” which means legal size also.

What is a good size bluegill?

Given all that information, the best advice is to keep fish greater than 6 or so inches but less than 8. Or in more general terms, keep the mid to large size bluegill but throw back the largest ones you catch. This is best for several reasons.

What is the biggest bluegill ever caught?

The current all-tackle bluegill record is held by T. Hudson, who caught a 4-pound 12-ounce fish on April 9, 1950 in Alabama’s Ketona Lakes. No other details about the catch are recorded by the IGFA, but subsequent stories say the fish was 15 inches long and had an incredible 18.25-inch girth.

What’s the biggest fish ever caught in Lake Michigan?

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recorded the massive fish to have weighed a whopping 53.35 pounds, a state record that out beats the previous record recorded in 2014.

What’s the largest fish ever caught in Lake Michigan?

1. The biggest ever? The largest verified lake sturgeon on record was caught in Lake Michigan. It weighed 300 lbs.

How do you catch a big bluegill in the winter?

What is the best time of day to catch bluegill?

Bluegill are commonly found in water more than 10 feet deep in summer and typically hang just above the thermocline (the depth where water temperature changes dramatically and below which oxygen levels are usually low). Best fishing is usually in the morning and evening when the fish are most active.

Do bluegills bite at night?

Bluegills are most active during the day, but they will bite at night. Bluegills are much less active at night. Many variables play a factor but if bluegills feel secure in their safety, they will feed well into the night.

What do bluegill eat under the ice?

In shallower, bluegill feed on minnows but out deep in the softer bottoms, insect larvae is the preferred food. As a result, use smaller baits and really slow down your approach to mimic insects. Suspending the baits and gently wiggling it should be all you need.

What depth should I ice fish?

In my experience, I’ve found that most of the best ice-fishing action comes in water from 3-to-20 feet deep. I like to set up my traps so that they cover a variety of depths. Areas with rock piles, weed beds, or dramatic contours are all good spots.

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