Winter Bluegills From a Warm Spell

Winter Bluegills From a Warm Spell

Three consecutive days of 65-degree temperatures sent me to a small spring-fed pond where full sun continued to warm the upper layer of the water. This enticed bluegills toward the surface where they traded the discomfort of direct sunlight for an extra few degrees of warmth. The fish were widely scattered and cruising 2 feet deep over some of the deepest water in the pond. Size-12 white Bully’s Bluegill Spiders cast over deep water, counted down a couple of feet, then slowly stripped, intercepted some of the cruisers. It was not fast fishing, but 11 “beautiful vibrations” in early January was very satisfying.

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