Prepping for my 2016 Bluegill Quest

I spent most of the day Tuesday on Walker County Lake trying to land some super size gills. The weather didn’t disappoint with sunny skies warm temps; the only downer was tremendous wind out of the south for the better part of the day. In fact, the wind was so strong I spent the majority of my time fishing up and down the levee where I could avoid the wind gust.

The levee had fish on it in the form of the native Red-Eyed Bass, and some nice bluegill that wouldn’t make the quest but provide some nice table fare.
I was not surprised that there was activity on top in the 62-degree water because last year I landed Red Eye Bass here in 58-degree water. They nailed the Bullet Boogle Bug popper often throughout the day; a lot of fun on the 4 weight.
This is a beautiful lake in the early spring, but it turns nasty and in fact, downright ugly when the fertilizing starts. I only have 4 or 5 weeks to fish it before it turns slim green like pea soup.

This was a colorful gill but it won’t make the cut for the quest. I landed numerous bluegills today but all were too small to count. I did bring home eight for a fish fry. The bluegill above produced four fillets. (A future post on how to get four fillets from a bluegill this size) Notice the rubber legs of the Bullet Boggle sticking out of its mouth. This was the only bluegill on top, all the rest were taken on the Black Gnat. Today was a good start for good things to come from this lake.

I spent most of the day Tuesday on Walker County Lake trying to land some super size gills. The weather didn’t disappoint with sunny skies warm temps; the only downer was tremendous wind out of the south for the better part of the day. In fact, the wind was so strong I spent the majority of my time fishing up and down the levee where I could avoid the wind gust.
The levee had fish on it in the form of the native Red-Eyed Bass, and some nice bluegill that wouldn’t make the quest but provide some nice table fare.
I was not surprised that there was activity on top in the 62-degree water because last year I landed Red Eye Bass here in 58-degree water. They nailed the Bullet Boogle Bug popper often throughout the day; a lot of fun on the 4 weight.
This is a beautiful lake in the early spring, but it turns nasty and in fact, downright ugly when the fertilizing starts. I only have 4 or 5 weeks to fish it before it turns slim green like pea soup.

This was a colorful gill but it won’t make the cut for the quest. I landed numerous bluegills today but all were too small to count. I did bring home eight for a fish fry. The bluegill above produced four fillets. (A future post on how to get four fillets from a bluegill this size) Notice the rubber legs of the Bullet Boggle sticking out of its mouth. This was the only bluegill on top, all the rest were taken on the Black Gnat. Today was a good start for good things to come from this lake.