Most of my blog reports focus on trout, salmon and bass fishing. Fishing for these three species provides me with great pleasure as well as my living, but truth be told one of my favorite types of fishing is panfishing, especially for crappie and bluegill . On lite tackle, these feisty little fish can give you plenty of fight. They also provide some of the tastiest table fare of any freshwater fish. Springtime crappie and bluegill fishing can be red hot if you find the right spot. It’s also a great way to introduce a child to fishing. A light or ultra-light fishing rod and reel , spooled with four or six pound test, a casting bobber and a few tube and hair jigs is all you will need ot get started. Jigs ranging in size from 1/64th to ¼ oz are my favorites. A few of my favorite spots are backwater bays on Lake George, Saratoga Lake and the Mohawk River, but many lakes and ponds are home to these fish. What are you waiting for? Grab your gear and go have a crappie day of fishing!
Below are a few photos of some nice jumbo size crappies and bluegill caught while fishing from one of my favorite docks with my friends Dan and Chris. They were caught during the last two hours of daylight this past Friday , 4/12/13.
Captain Justin Mahoney
Highliner Charter Fishing