Guide To Top Producing Lures & Bait for Bluegill, Sunfish & Panfish
All about bluegill, panfish, bream and sunfish baits and lures
Big bluegill, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth and other sunfish feed primarily on minnows, worms, small fish and crustaceans. All panfish eat pretty much anything edible they can get into their small mouths. Light line (2# to 4#) is a key to working the baits and improving catches. Using live minnows is a good way to attract the larger specimens. Earthworms, waxworms, nightcrawlers and insects (crickets, grasshoppers, etc.) are also good choices for all sizes.
Best lures and baits for bluegill, redear sunfish, rock bass and warmouth.
Use small jigs in light weights, 1/64 oz to 1/4 oz for all depths, water conditions and seasons.
Use small spinners for shallow, active fish. (Blue Fox Flash Spinner - Cabela's)
Use mini spoons 1/8 oz to 1/4 oz when fish are in deeper water. (PK Spoon Jigging Spoon - Sportsman's Warehouse)
Use small underspins in shallow to mid-depth water. (Fish Head Underspins - Tackle Warehouse)
Use mini crankbaits in shallow water. (XTS Micro Light Mini Crankbaits - Bass Pro Shops)
Use salmon eggs for all panfish fishing conditions.
Use worms, nightcrawlers or wax worms for all panfish fishing conditions.
Use prepared baits for all panfish fishing conditions. (Berkley PowerBait Crappie Nibbles - Dick's Sporting Goods®)
Best lures and baits for smaller species of sunfish.
Flier Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Redbreast Sunfish & Spotted Sunfish
Sunfish diet consists of zooplankton, insects, worms, small fishes, fish larvae, fish eggs, crustaceans and virtually any live creature they can get in their mouth. This group of smaller species eat the same diet as the larger species, just smaller in size. Smaller lures and hooks are required to catch these smaller panfish.
For additional information on panfish and sunfish fishing, visit the panfish fishing page.
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