Catching Giant Bluegills With Lures

Lures are a lot more interesting to use against these guys, and they give you a little more control over your fishing experience. After all, lures don’t die, and they don’t swim around on their own. Before I start telling you how to use these, I’m going to list my favorite lures for this type of fishing.

  • BeetleSpins: If you use these, use the slightly bigger ones that come with several two-tailed grubs. That’s the size you want for big fish.
  • Small Spoons: Don’t use the big spoons that you use for bass. Choose a little spoon with a shiny finish, and tip its hook with a chunk of a worm, leech, or minnow to add a bit of smell to the spoon.
  • Inline spinners: Inline spinners are great for trout, but they’ll work well for bulls, too. Use a small one, and pick one that’s relatively flashy. The fast-paced flashes drive big bluegill nuts.

Lure Retrieval Speed

All of those lures can be used in various ways. You don’t have to use a specific retrieval method with any of them. I recommend starting with a fast retrieval. Try to make the fish angry, and force them to bite. Don’t reel it in so fast that the bluegill can’t catch up, but don’t pretend that you’re an 80 year-old man with arthritis in both hands, either. If you notice that the fish are running away from your lure, slow it down a bit. Use a slight bouncing motion to make your lure look like a small fish struggling to swim, and pause for a moment between each bounce.


It’s important not to throw your lure directly at a bull. Obviously, you can’t help it if the water is muddy, but try not to if you can see it. You want to throw your lure behind the fish, and then work it into the bluegill’s view. It’s a much more natural presentation. You can’t expect an old bluegill to believe that smaller fish are simply falling out of the sky.