Panfish are great targets
School of Fish kids learn that panfish like sunfish/bluegills, crappies, and perch are great targets for them to try to catch. Panfish are present in most lakes and rivers. Not only that, they are often willing biters and put up a good “fight” when hooked. Finally, they are often easily accessible to kids as they are often found in shallow water near shore fishing spots that kids can easily get to.
Because panfish are some of the smaller fish on the food chain and need protection from bigger predators, they like to hold along structure where they can hide. As mentioned in the last tip, boat docks, fallen trees and logs, and swim rafts in the water are all good panfish holding spots. Savvy anglers who identify those spots and make casts to them will often find and catch panfish in good numbers.
Looking for structure that panfish can hide along is good fishing advice. Because panfish are relatively small and have small mouths, using small baits is also solid advice. A small “panfish” leech, portion of a nightcrawler, or “crappie” minnow are often good panfish baits. Fishing these baits on a tiny panfish jig like a Gypsi Jig or Fire-Fly Jig completes the lure package and, fishing them below a slip-bobber is a great way to present them. In a future tip we will review some secrets to make slip-bobber fishing for panfish even more successful. As always, good luck on the water!
School of Fish is a three-hour fishing education class that was hosted in your community this year. Four tips will be offered this summer as follow up to that offering for both the kids who attended School of Fish and others getting started in the great sport of fishing! School of Fish is supported by: Northland Fishing Tackle, KLN Family Brands, Larson Boats, Shakespeare Fishing, and Soderholm Insurance.
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