Raising crickets for fishing or pet food

Raising Crickets For Fishing

How to Raise Crickets for Fishing Bait Quite possibly a favorite food for bluegill and all other panfish is the cricket. Fortunately they are extremely easy to raise and very easy to keep alive. Unless you are flyfishing, casting lures or noodling for catfish, you will need some bait. You could try earthworms or you […]

Bluegill and panfish ultralight rods

Best Bluegill and Panfish Rods

My Top Choices For Panfish and Bluegill Rods I have a lot of rods for panfish that I really enjoy using, but I surely like some more than others. Throughout the years of my fishing career, I have used rods from nearly every brand on the market. Here is a list of my personal favorites. […]

Yellow perch fish perca flavescens

Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens)

Yellow Perch The waters of North America have long been a viable resource for the inhabitants of the continent. Early settlers quickly discovered what the natives already knew – the waterways of the land were not only useful for transportation, but were teeming with potential food sources. Explorers and anglers of the late 1800s discovered […]

Rock Bass caught on a fly

Rock Bass

The Rock Bass, Red eye, Goggle-eye or Sometimes Called the Rock Perch Identifying the Rock Bass This aggressive species is very common throughout much of the US and Canada. They have an easily identifiable appearance similar looking to a small mouth bass, only usually significantly smaller and a more roundish in shape. The rock bass […]

A large black crappie, as you can see this fish has no vertical bars- only random marking throughout it's body.

Black Crappie vs White Crappie

The Difference Between The 2 Crappie Species While these two species of fish taste similar, there are several easy ways to tell the difference. They are often found in the same types of habitats and can even be encountered in the same schools. Black Crappie – Pomoxis nigromaculatus Notice the random configuration of the markings, […]

Raising nightcrawlers and worms at home

Raising NightCrawlers and Worms For Bait

Save Money on Bait By Learning to Raise Your Own Nightcrawlers and Worms Fishing for bluegill and most panfish frequently, the cost of live bait can add up. So follow these tips and you will have an endless amount of extremely cheap and self replenishing bait. You could go out and buy a kit that […]

A bucket filled with large crappie fish.

Crappie Fishing Tips

Crappie Fishing 101 To catch loads of crappie in the spring, here are a few tips that will help you catch your limit of these slab panfish. We will go over where the best areas to find these fish are, what to use for bait and how to rig those baits and lures. Finding the […]

Hopper flies for panfish

Bluegill Flies

Flies for Bluegill The bluegill is not known to be a picky eater, especially when it comes to flies. They are extremely opportunistic feeders, meaning they will eat whatever is near them that resembles food. But certain flies are known to be more effective than others. I have tried a lot of patterns, and I […]

Redear Sunfish

Redear Sunfish

Redear Sunfish: Great for Fishing and Eating   Redear Sunfish are another plentiful pan fish in the United States. Unlike some other sunfish, they are fantastic as game fish themselves, may be stocked as so, and can reach larger weights than bluegill. Although sometimes mistaken as a bluegill, the size, distinguishing markings, and aggression of […]

Close up picture of the face and eyes of a green sunfish

Green Sunfish

The Green Sunfish Green sunfish are a very common type of sunfish. Although not as bright as the others in the sunfish family; such as pumpkinseeds, they can still serve a great many purposes, both in the wild and in captivity. Green sunfish are very simple to identify, and may be crossed with other types […]

Coppernose Bluegill fishing

Coppernose Bluegill

The Coppernose Bluegill The coppernose bluegill is a fantastic fish, whether found in the wild, or kept in your stocked pond or lake for fishing, Are you interested in introducing this fish to your stocked pond or lake? Or, do you want to know how to identify it the next time you are on a […]

Hybrid Bluegill

The Hybrid Bluegill

 What is a Hybrid Bluegill? The hybrid bluegill is the result of a cross between a male bluegill and a female green sunfish, resulting in a fish that appears much like its male parent with an oval body and pointed pectoral fins, but it has a distinguishing deep yellow to orange color belly.  It also […]

Cane Pole Fishing

Cane Pole Fishing For Panfish Advantages

Using the Cane Pole for Bluegill and Crappie Fishing If you were to go into a sporting goods store you would find a plethora of high end rods and reels that can effectively be used for fishing for bluegill and other panfish. As a matter of fact you could likely spend hundreds of dollars on […]

Bluegill Fishing in northern Michigan

Bluegill Fishing in Michigan

Bluegill Fishing, it often means more than just Catching a few Fish The life of a fisherman begins with the thrilling excitement of catching your first fish and for some of us that inauspicious beginning imbues us with a memory that we will take to the grave.  Go back in time with me to the […]


Pumpkinseed Sunfish

When people think of panfish they usually think about bluegill and crappie, but there are other great species in this category. The pumpkinseed is a great fish in the sunfish family that does not get the type of exposure that the bluegill and crappie get, yet it is just as common here in the US. […]

Trimming around the bones to make the perfect bluegill fillet.

How to Fillet a Bluegill, Crappie or Perch

How To Easily Fillet your Bluegill, Crappie, Rock Bass or other Panfish   Filleting a bluegill is easy to do if you have a good technique. Here I will show you how to do it properly so you don’t have bones to deal with. A lot of people clean them quickly leaving bone pieces etc. […]