State Record Bluegill

The Record Bluegill Sunfish For Every State In America

Bluegill are the one of the most accessible, popular, and best tasting freshwater fish in North America. And pound for pound, they might be one of the hardest fighting. Part of the Sunfish family, bluegill prefer warm water lakes, rivers, creeks, and ponds. Bluegill are opportunists when it comes to feeding and will commonly eat things like plankton, insects, worms, …

Fishing The White Bass Spawn: How To Catch And Cook One Of America’s Most Underrated Fish

Youtube angler, Lake Fork Guy, targets white bass as they begin the spring spawn in Texas. White bass are native to lakes, reservoirs, and rivers throughout the Midwest but have also been introduced to lakes throughout the country. White bass spawning activity occurs when the water temperatures reach between 55-65 and degrees, which can be anytime from March through May, …

Bluegill vs. Bream: Different Name, Same Fish

Throughout my travels across the country, I have heard anglers give a common sunfish different names. In the South, some anglers call the sunfish a bream and others dub it a perch, while in the North and Midwest it is called a bluegill. What Should We Call This Popular Panfish? Well here is Wikipedia’s definition of this panfish: “The bluegill …

Karls Amazing Baits Crankbaits

7 New Karl’s Crankbaits That Absolutely Crush

The water is warming up and gamefish are in a chasing mood so now is the time to start throwing crankbaits. The various sizes and shapes of Karl’s Amazing Crankbaits will give you the versatility to run lures at various depths and around different types of cover. Karl and team worked hard creating these seven new crankbaits that you can …

White Crappie vs Black Crappie: How To Tell The Difference

In Florida, they call the fish a “speck.” Louisiana anglers call the same fish a sac-a-lait. Some Southern anglers pronounce crappie as “crappy” and Northern and Midwestern fishermen pronounce the same fish as “croppie.” No matter how you pronounce crappie, its genus name is Pomoxis and the two recognized species of this genus are the white crappie and the black …

Should You Be Targeting Spawning Panfish?

Panfish (primarily sunfish, crappie, and perch) are some of America’s favorite fish to catch because they are eager and willing to bite and plentiful in most fisheries across the country. Perhaps the most fun time of the year to target panfish is in the spring. At this time, the fish are in the shallows and looking to feed before and …

How To Select The Right Livebait For Panfish

Using live bait is about the closest anglers can come to guaranteeing they will catch panfish on any given day. Savvy anglers can tie on their favorite artificial fly or soft plastic drenched in the smelliest, oiliest fish scent and catch plenty of panfish, but the real deal produces more often than the imitations in most instances. Minnows, worms, crickets, and crayfish …

Slip Bobber Fishing 101: How To Fish A Slip Bobber

Learning how to use a slip bobber has always been one of the simplest ways for beginners to catch panfish, but the tactic can become pretty sophisticated when savvy anglers start tinkering with floats. A fixed float comes in handy for fishing shallow, open water areas however the slip float is preferred by the pros for long-distance deliveries and casting …

How To Catch Slab Panfish Two Different Ways

Fishing for panfish often comes down to walking the bank and looking for schools of them near the surface. Especially when chasing bluegill, and especially with beginners, this is the technique. But what about the slab hunting panfish anglers? How do they catch those panfish that might not even fit in the pan? Well, often times they are lurking beneath the …

Panfish Tackle

Panfish Tackle: How To Stock Your Tackle Box Like A Crappie Pro

Buying tackle was simple before tournaments made crappie fishing such a specialized sport. In the old days panfish tackle was a bucket of minnows and a tacklebox full of hooks, sinkers, and bobbers were all you needed to catch crappie. Stocking your tacklebox today has become more complicated because you have to choose from a vast of assortment of designs, …

crappie fishing

Why You Should Follow The Barometer To Catch Crappie, According To Science

The old adage that fish bite best before a storm and the rhyme about wind direction affecting a fish’s feeding habits gain some credence when applied to barometric pressure readings. Since wind and storms usually indicate changes in barometric pressure, these conditions also signal a change in crappie behavior. Scientists have detected many organisms that respond in some fashion to …