Illinois hunting and fishing

Big Fish Fridays: Bass on a bluegill

September 04, 2009 at 06:47 AM

Largemouth bass like to eat bluegill.

For that matter, largemouth bass like to eat just about anything. But there’s no question they enjoy munching tasty bluegill.

And not just small bills, either.

While fishing for crappie and bluegill on Aug. 30 in a private lake in Iroquois County, Joseph Broshears of Washington had an experience to which many anglers can probably relate.

“We were fishing for crappie and large bluegill and were pretty successful. I caught a smaller bluegill and was reeling it in,” Broshears said. “I got it to the side of the boat and saw a huge mouth coming right for the bluegill, so I let the line back in the water and ended up with this lunker.”

“When I got the bass in the boat just the tail of the bluegill was sticking out of the bass’ gullet. I was using a nightcrawler and small red crappie hook with a bobber about 3 feet deep to catch the bluegills and crappies with my buddy.”

Broshears said the bass was 25 3/4 inches long and weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces on “a produce scale.”

No wonder then many savvy bass anglers will target the edges of bluegill spawning beds for big bass. And one of the favored baits in such a situation is to catch some small bluegill, run a hook through them and fish them under a bobber. Word is the strategy can yield some lunkers.

Broshears, no doubt, would agree the tactic sounds promising.