The common Bluegill...the best friend to every young angler is the most targeted warm-water fish. Easy to entice on average and usually found within easy reach of a bank angler with bobber and worm.
Yet for a short time in the spring, there are those of us who search for the spawning bulls as they grow shoulders and become painted in some of the most brilliant colors found in nature. The largest of fish in a given water, they require accurate casts in the tightest of lily pad lies. But put your fly in the correct place, and it will strike like a 5lb bass on a frog.
Some are breasted in yellow gold with moss green lateral lines and turquoise gill plates.
Amazing blood-red breasted with turquoise and red gill plates
My personal favorite is the copper-breasted bulls. Each spring this variety accounts for my largest fish.
Try counting the colors on this heavy fish.
See you on the water