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Retro WON: Bluegill Fishing in a Pond 101

Growing up, my family owned a 21-foot boat that we took out almost every weekend fishing when weather permitted. Depending on the time of year, we spent the day on Lake Erie catching either walleye or perch – quite the delicacy and times I fondly remember. Recently, my husband and I had plans to fish on a charter boat for walleye. However, because of the always unpredictable Ohio weather, the captain canceled the trip. Since we both had a craving for a fish fry, we packed our gear in search of bluegill instead.

Our quest began at a local private quarry. Clear, cool water, quiet and quite peaceful. Unfortunately though, the bluegill decided not to bite. Not a problem!  We packed up our small amount of gear and drove about 30 minutes north to another private pond. Lucky for us, these babies were hungry! Not only did we save over an hour drive each way to Lake Erie, we also avoided spending an entire day on a boat and all the costs involved.

If you haven’t gone pond fishing, you really should give it a try. You don’t need a whole lot of gear and usually won’t have to travel far. Here are some tips to get you started.


  • Rod – medium length, light
  • Reel – spinning
  • Line – 10 pounds or less


  • Worms – night crawlers, wax or red
  • Maggots
  • Small jigs
  • Small crankbait


  • Worm/fish rag
  • Hemostats
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Bucket or cooler to bring fish home
  • Small folding chair to sit on
  • Muck Boots to keep you cool and dry

Bluegill fishing involves walking along the water’s edge. The Women’s Muckster II Mid, from The Original Muck Boot Company keep your feet nice and dry.

When you first arrive at the pond, try casting near weed beds, cattails or other grasses. Bluegills also like to hang out near fallen trees and logs protruding from the water. And if you see branches hanging over the water or other objects that create a shadow, cast right into it. The fish like to hide there and ambush the bait.

Bluegill fishing

Enjoy a peaceful evening fishing with family, even the furry, 4 legged kind.

Also, consider the time of day and season of the year. Successful bluegill fishing trips often happen in the morning, or late in the afternoon, closer to the evening. The bluegill seem to enjoy a little siesta around lunch time. Also, just as fish in larger lakes that head to deeper water when the whether gets warmer do, so do bluegill. If the weather gets really hot, and they stop biting along the edges, try casting toward the center of the pond. Perhaps they moved into the cooler water.

Bluegill fishing

Bluegill Fishing, Keep it Simple

Sure, if you spend enough time researching online, you’ll find all kinds of “do’s and don’ts” for pond fishing. But honestly, try to keep it simple. Bring the entire family along, pack a lunch and enjoy the outdoors. Oh, and don’t be disappointed if the youngest fishermen with you decides to play with the bait or the caught fish instead. My sister and I spent most of our time conducting worm and minnow circuses, while our dolls watched on.

Make sure to have enough bait for the kids to play with when they need a break from fishing.

Find more fishing tips from The WON here. Or, head on over to TakeMeFishing.org

This Retro WON, “Bluegill Fishing in a Pond 101” first appeared June 2, 2017.

  • About Michelle Cerino

    Michelle Cerino, aka Princess Gunslinger, entered the firearms industry in 2011 when Cerino Training Group was established. She immediately began competing in both 3-Gun and NRA Action Pistol, becoming a sponsored shooter. Michelle is currently a columnist and Managing Editor of Women’s Outdoor News, as well as Event-Staff for CZ-USA Field Sports. She also manages social media for Vera Koo and GTM Original. Michelle encourages others to step out of the comforts of home and explore.