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Click to enlargeUtilizing Other Fishermen

Editor’s Note: Anglers know boathouse bream may be the most-educated panfish in any reservoir, but May and June generally are the most-productive times to fish bream. Little bluegills often will run in and hit any baits that fall in the water. But the larger, older gills usually will stay just below or off to one side of a school of small fish and observe what happens when the smaller fish feed. Generally if big bluegills are present in a boathouse, and little fish are in that same area, the smaller bluegills will get caught, and the trophy-sized fish won’t. If you want to succeed in catching the boathouse bluegills that have tantalized others and escaped the skillet, try these different strategies. They will produce for you.

Click to enlargeAnother boathouse bluegill tactic is to utilize other fishermen to catch the fish. Large boathouse bluegills often are very sensitive to both fishing pressure and people pressure. One of the best situations for catching big boathouse bluegills is to have a group of children or other anglers trying to catch bream. As soon as the leads and the corks start hitting the water, often the bigger bluegills will move either to the back of the boathouse or to the outer side of the boathouse where the anglers can’t reach them with their leads and corks. The fish are so conditioned to baits hitting the surface and falling to the bottom, I believe they learn not to attack.

Click to enlargeWhen these conditions exist, anglers can fish with live grasshoppers or live crickets sprayed with Spike-It’s Aerosol Fish Attractant in the Crawfish or Gamefish flavors on 4- to 6-pound-test Mossy Oak Fishing Line, a clear plastic bobber to add weight to the line to enable you to cast and a small hook. As soon as the cricket or the grasshopper hits the surface, the bug will begin to move its legs and try to swim. When the bluegill sees that live bait on top and smells the attractant, many times the fish will attack – even though the dock has plenty of noise and fishing pressure.

Click to enlargeIf an angler’s attempting to catch a very wily bluegill from under a boathouse, and the boathouse has an opening to the lake, he can use this live-bait tactic to cast beside boats, on the edges of boatslips and under docks and piers. Big bluegills are accustomed to attacking bugs and critters like crickets and grasshoppers that fall off the dock. When anglers present live baits on the surface to a region where live baits normally will fall, many times they can get big bluegills to attack – even if those same fish won’t bite at any other time.

Tomorrow: Bedding Boathouse Bluegills

Check back each day this week for more about "Boathouse Bluegills"

Day 1: Learning from Boathouse Bluegills
Day 2: Understanding Boathouse Bluegills
Day 3: Utilizing Other Fishermen
Day 4: Bedding Boathouse Bluegills
Day 5: Taking Bluegills by Starlight


Entry 352, Day 3