Bluegill Habitat

When you go bluegill fishing habitat is one of the primary factors that should be on your mind when deciding where to go to find fish. Some bodies of waters are habitat rich with aquatic plants, pondweeds, dead falls, stumps, docks and so on. Some ponds lack any real structure because it was all removed when it was built. One option is to sink more structures with on hand material with little or no cost such as old Christmas trees, pallets or scrap wood formed into a 3D design. These structures are great for a while, but they eventually break down or change until they are no longer a desired location for bluegill to gather.

Another option is to place artificial structure that will not decompose over time and will become bluegill magnets for decades. Plastic materials are well known to take hundreds of years to decompose. There are many products available on the retail market today that are made from plastic or even recycled materials that can easily be dropped from the side of a boat. Most of these plastics either allow or promote algae growth on the surface which creates a micro ecosystem in the area. The surface algae feeds zooplankton and other tiny creatures which then feed large insects that are a food source for the bluegill. It becomes shelter and a location to feed for the bluegill and more gather and stay in the general location when the conditions are right.

  Here is an underwater video showing how a school of bluegill relates to underwater structure. It is a mix of hard and soft material that can easily be recreated with artificial means if needed.

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