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Bluegill are found in shallow water near piers, sunken cover, and weeds. Crappie prefer shallow water in the Spring and will school in deeper water as the Summer progresses. Look for weeds.
Any time is a good time for Panfish. Bluegill and Crappie will be active throughout the day, while Crappie feeding intensifies around dawn and dusk.
Panfish prefer both live and artificial baits. Favorite lures include small spinners and rigged jigs. Bobber rigs are excellent for both Bluegill and Crappie. Bluegill prefer small worms and crickets while Crappie prefer live minnows.
Use the splitshot to balance a stick float vertically. This makes it easier to detect strikes. With bobber rigs, hook minnows through the top end of the back behind the dorsal fin. This allows the minnow to remain lively longer. When jig fishing, hook minnows through the lips. When fishing a rigged grub, retrieve the bait at a speed where you occasionally touch the bottom, but are not dragging your bait along the bottom.
The choice of rig and technique depends on fishing conditions.
The Clinch Knot is recommended for all rigs.
Here are some popular approaches to Panfishing.