Waters That Hold Big Bluegills
Fishing for big bluegills is an outstanding way to spend a few hours, a day or weeks on end. These guys can put up an incredible fight and since they are a schooling fish, once you catch one, others are usually not far behind. The first and most important step in finding big gills is finding the right water. Not all bodies of water are created equal when it comes to holding bigger bluegills. Due to conditions such as available nutrients for a sound food chain, predator prey ratios and fishing pressure by other bluegill anglers affects the size and quantity of all the fish contained.
Bluegills need a very nutrient water supply that will support as abundant micro invertebrate population. This is the critical food source for a bluegill colony to thrive. More fertile waters support more of this food source for the bluegills to consume and grow. Only with ample food can a bluegill grow to record proportions.
Predator prey ratio and angling pressure have as much or more to do with the maximal size of a bluegill in a body of water as the available food supply. A body of water can only produce a limited amount of food for a bluegill population. Size of the lake and nutrient inputs dictate that. If left unchecked, bluegill will reproduce until the available food will only support stunted adults. Predators and anglers remove some of the competition that allows for some of the lucky few to grow with less competition for the food available.
As you fish a body of water, pay attention to what you are catching and any indications of the nutrient load of that water. Nutrient rich water is usually green at some point in the summer with algae growing fairly thickly. The algae are the base of the food chain which in turn feeds the zooplankton that the bluegill eats. A nutrient lake or pond will either have big bluegill or has the potential to become a monster bluegill factory with the right predator pressures. If you own the water or have permission, you can nudge a population one way or another by selectively harvesting the bluegills or other fish in that population. But be careful to do this slowly as rash acts can cause more damage than good for you and the bluegills.