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Late Fall Bluegill advice

Discussion in 'Warm Water Species Fishing' started by zzcop302, Oct 22, 2017.

  1. zzcop302

    zzcop302

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    I’ve always enjoyed bluegill fishing in the fall.
    I’ve usually put the boat in storage about mid October.
    I live in the central UP and have a number of lakes close by with a decent bluegill population.
    Right now I’ve found that the active bluegill are schooled up fairly tight and in about 10-12’ fow..... I also mark them deeper and schooled up but unwilling to bite. Lately my luck has run hit or miss and the fishing has not been consistent.
    Since I’ve never fished past mid October, I was looking for information on habits of bluegills and technique to take them on open water all the way up to ice if I can stand the cold lol.
    Right now I’m having success using slip bobber rigs and drop shot rigs with the bait about 6” off the bottom..... plain hook or 1/64 oz jigs with worms usually.
    Ultra light, 4lb test.
    Anyone tough it out and fish gills open water right up to 1st ice ?
    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
     
  2. Thirty pointer

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    I fish them also at about 12 ft in 20 ft of water .Crickets are there favorite in the fall .Use slip bobber
     

  3. zzcop302

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    Thanks... crickets are hard to find in my area!
    Waxworms on a small ice jig/slip bobber work also....
    Do you fish open water right up to 1st ice?
     
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    Not really much once bow season starts .If it is a warm morning i will head out occasionally .
     
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    You can order crickets online and they will arrive at your house the next day, even in da UP. For a dollar or so extra they'll put a heat pack in the box in the fall. I usually pay about $25.00 for a thousand which is much cheaper than a bait store. Just feed em taters and improvise a way to water them and you can keep them alive for months. A chemical hand warmer in the cricket box will keep them happy until you down them...
     
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  6. zzcop302

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    Thanks !
    Didn’t think about purchasing online.
    Good option.
     
  7. -Axiom-

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    You can also get crickets at the pet store, they are reptile food.
     
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  8. 6Speed

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    That's good advice and good in a pinch but they charge $0.10 a cricket. I had a PetSmart in my area for emergency purposes but they closed.

    It's hard to beat this price...

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    Try leaches
     
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