Little lures, big panfish.

Posted on June 12th, 2018

Spring is a great time to change-up the fishing from catching trophy gamefish like steelhead, walleye, pike and even spring salmon to target some pretty “big-little-fish”.

italo double

Yes, I’m talking about the sunfish family of panfish which includes the pumpkinseed and bluegill.

2018 hellgie

I recently had a chance to fish Lake St. Clair and produce a panfish TV show catching both species using the 3″ Lunker City Helgie on a 1/16 oz. jighead.  I fished it in 3-5′ of water suspending the Helgie with an African porcupine quill float. The 1/16 oz. jighead was just he right weight to keep 1/3 of the quill above the water line.

mfsbaits coach dog

I also fished the MFSBaits 1/32 oz Coach Dog by simply casting it and letting it sink slowly and they gently jigging it back to me. The area I was fishing has light weed grown and both presentations produced nice panfish but I had to keep changing from the Helgie to the Coach Dog to  keep them interested.

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