Pumpkinseed condition values followed similar trends as condition of both bluegills
and yellow perch (Fig.
However, in our state's three national forests--Ocala, Osceola and Apalachicola--the expanses of timber only enhance the rivers, streams, creeks and ponds laden with freshwater gill-breathers such as bass, bluegill
, crappie, shellcracker, warmouth and more.
If you can sight fish the bluegills
, by seeing their beds, the fun cranks up a notch.
Burt was a bluegill
fly fisherman whose constant goal was to bring home a limit string of 50 fish, which he frequently did whenever the season was right and the moon was in proper position.
Look for scattered surface feeding, usually in the evening, splashes too gentle to be bass and too splashy for bluegills
Lake lamonia has some of the largest bluegills
in this area.
And there are times when big bluegills
are wary, calling for you to tie on a couple feet of 2- or 4-pound tippet.
Airboat operators have long been the first anglers to find shellcracker and bluegill
beds come spring.
and other bream are generally not very spooky, so quietly move the boat close to your intended target and make a cast of 20 to 30 feet.
in Central Florida lakes and rivers start fanning their spawning beds in late April.
Separate chapters are dedicated to trout in rivers; largemouth bass and bluegills
in lakes; smallmouth bass in rivers; other fishes, tying flies, fly fishing safety issues, and more.
and other panfish will be along the creek edges, especially around downed trees.