The 'Power' of Bluegills

One warm summer afternoon many years ago in western Tennessee, a young boy stepped into a plywood boat and went fishing with his dad, his granddad and a supply of Catawba worms.

Before the afternoon had run its course, that young lad – yours truly – had not only hooked a pile of bluegills for his granny’s cast iron skillet, but he also had been snared hook, line and sinker by the fishing adventure that can be found all across the Creator’s outdoor world.

Such is the power of bluegills, or bream, depending on the preferred regional name for these spunky little panfish.

Given the fact that bluegills typically do not spawn until after largemouth bass have finished their own shallow water breeding efforts, then it stands to reason that May into June are ready made for ‘gill fishing in many areas of the country.

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