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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Late February/Early March Ice Fishing for Bluegills

Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)Image via Wikipedia
I know we're a little late on this one, but not by much - we found a nice article on ABC Newspapers about late season ice panfishing.

The article points out what many of us know - walleye fishing slows down quite a bit this time of year but some of the best panfish action can be had in late February and early March.

From the article:

Finding hot pockets of mid-winter bluegills isn’t all that tough and includes locating the deeper holes and breaks near shallow summer haunts. You will need to seek out weed-covered flats and shallow vegetation.

As the winter season progresses bluegills tend to move off and down from shallow cover and will often stack up in deeper water. When they do, these fish can be found holding tight to the bottom to as much as five to 10, or even more — up and off.

The article also points out some key points that are always important for fishing for bluegills and other panfish - your gear is just as important as the time of year. Ultra small baits and lures are key, as are top-notch electronics - a depth finder or even an underwater camera.

See the full article, which goes in depth about using spring bobbers here:
Bustin’ bluegills: Late February’s ice activity | ABC Newspapers
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