Do bluegills suspend in winter?

Are bluegill dormant in winter?

Bluegills don’t have the luxury of going into semi-hibernation like some of the larger fish during the dead of winter.

How deep do bluegill go in the winter?

Avoid fishing in shallow water as this water will be colder than deeper water which better holds its summer warmth. Bluegill can often be found in water 20 feet or deeper as winter approaches.

Should I Feed My bluegill in the winter?

During the winter, we recommend feeding once daily during the middle of the afternoon. This is the time when the water is typically the warmest and will elicit the best feeding response from the bluegill. Typically 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. is the best time to feed.

Can bluegill survive in cold water?

Their preferred temperature range is between 65°F and 80°F, but they can tolerate a much wider range of temperatures. They can survive in water as warm as 95°F, while at the other extreme, they are often the target of ice fishermen in colder areas.

What do panfish eat in the winter?

These miniscule invertebrates – daphnia, copepods, etc. – rise, fall and chug beneath the ice all winter long. Individual specimens can’t dent a bluegill’s or crappie’s appetite, but devoured by the masses, they provide sustenance when bigger foodstuffs are wanting.

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Where do bluegills go in the fall?

As water temperatures continue to drop by late fall, dying weeds in shallow water create lower oxygen levels so bigger bluegill move to deeper water to find more favorable conditions. The fish will move out to depths of 15 to 20 feet where they will set up on deep weed lines, drop-offs, and points.

How cold is too cold for bluegill?


LAKE SPECIES Too Cold F Best Temps F
BLUEGILL 56 60-72
BROOK TROUT 43 57-59
BROWN TROUT 43 55-65
CARP 75 82-84

Do panfish bite when its cold?

Many Natural State fishermen believe bluegills quit biting when the water gets cold, so fishing for these delicious fish is fruitless. Fortunately, that’s untrue. Bluegills actually stay active throughout the cold months, and this is a great time of year to catch dozens if you use the proper fishing tactics.