A Look Into Bluegill Bait
If there's one thing that can be said about the topic of bluegill bait, it's that it's not a complicated topic. The bluegill is not a particularly finicky eater. Still, you'll have much better luck if an appropriate bait for the situation at hand is presented in an appropriate matter.
For The Young And Forever Young - When salmon, trout, or bass are the targeted fish, great care is often taken in the selection of tackle, baits and lures, and large sums of money can be made from producing a lure that is considered a sure-fire way of catching one of these game fish. Bluegill fishing on the other hand has a "Tom Sawyer" characteristic about it. It's a game fish for kids, and for adults who want to revisit their childhood from time to time, and catch some excellent tasting fish in the process.
The bluegill is a freshwater fish and a member of the sunfish family. In appearance it is more like a tropical fish one might find in a hobbyist's aquarium. It is not a particularly large fish, though larger specimens can grow to a length of up to 16 inches. Most bluegill that are caught however, tend to be around half that size. They aren't intended for mounting on the wall in the trophy room, but are better suited for the dinner plate, where they excel. Bluegills can be found in rivers, lakes, and streams in most areas of the United States and Canada, and in the northern part of Mexico as well. They are not terribly difficult to catch, and as they tend to swim in schools, so if you happen upon a school of them you're in for at least a few minutes of good fishing. They do not tend to spook easily, and if you find a spot where bluegills are present, they are more often than not inclined to stick around that spot, for a while at least.
Small Mouth, Small Hooks - About the only rule that needs to be followed as far as bluegill bait is concerned is the bait must be rather small in size. The bluegill has a rather small mouth, too small to take on a lure one would use for trout or bass. A small hook, such as a size 6 or 8 usually works best, and you won't need anything stronger than a 4-pound test mono-filament line, and can probably get by with a 2-pound test line. The small hooks are particularly important since if live bait is used, the bait is quite small, and impaling a maggot or insect on a larger hook would most likely kill it or break it into pieces.
Look In Your Lunch Box - Bluegill bait has to be placed where the fish is. While, as mentioned earlier, the bluegill isn't a fussy eater, it usually won't chase bait very far either, and if trolling for bluegill you usually have to run the bait or lure right by the fishes nose. A maggot, part of a worm, a kernel of corn, or a bit of cheese all are good natural baits. As far as artificial lures are concerned, such as tiny spinners and flies, bright colors are usually recommended, although there is a school of bluegill fishermen that will tell you that black lures do best.
The bluegill's natural foods are smaller fish and small invertebrates, which may make finding the right artificial lure somewhat of a challenge, but the bluegill is definitely a carnivore and won't turn up its nose at a piece of chicken, a bit of a hot dog wiener, or whatever else you may have in your lunch box. This is a fun species to fish for.