Fishing Lake Okeechobee for Bluegill
Bluegill Fishing – Lake Okeechobee Guide Service
Lake Okeechobee bluegill have a attitude for there size and fight better than any other freshwater species of panfish. Bluegill are fun to catch and are second to none in the frying pan. Catching a mess of big bluegill is a common event throughout the spring, summer and early fall on Lake Okeechobee.
Bluegill and Redear fishing will be at its best during the spring. Redear should be well into their spawning season by April. Much depends upon the weather at that time. Start looking for spawning areas within five days before and after the new and full moons. Areas to check this spring will be the mouth of the Kissimmee River and the northeast edge of King’s Bar near Okeechobee, the outer edge of Observation Island near Lakeport, and the outer edge of South Bay near Clewiston. Most redear are taken on live worms and crickets. Bluegills usually start their spawning season a little later than redear. Look for the bluegill bite to start picking up in April/May. Best areas will be the rim canals around Lake Okeechobee, the numerous canals leading to the lake, Kissimmee River and areas mentioned above for redear. Beetle spins and crickets are the preferred baits for bluegill fishing although fly fishing can be a lot fun as well.
During the spawn the large male bluegill “bull” or “copper head” as they
are called locally because of the copper band that runs across their dark head are highly vulnerable to being caught easily. Bluegill during the spawn are at full coloration – dark lateral bars down their sides and a deep red chest. The male bluegill after establishing their nesting area which are usually the same spawning sites year after year, will become very aggressive. They will in fact strike at anything that intrudes into their nesting territory.
Although we talked about the months of spawning we also mentioned that weather had something to do with it. Bluegill spawning will occur when the lake water is between 70 – 75. That could be as early as March and last as late as September. The male bluegill begins building a dish shaped nest that generally is a round sandy depression that is 2 – 4 inches deep and from 8 – 24 inches wide. Bluegills gather in large colonies during the spawn. In most cases, there are dozens of nests side by side in an area of 50 – 100 square feet. Bluegill spawning activities also cycle around the full moon periods. The 5 day period before and after the full moon is a great time to catch a limit of fish.
Worms and crickets are the preferred live bait. Crickets top the list as the best live bait for bluegill. Anglers can purchase worms and crickets from local Lake Okeechobee marinas.
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