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A Similar Trait Between Trout and Bluegills?

Blog by: Lloyd Tackitt , Texas 3/14/2014

I've noticed this before, but really noticed it strongly this past weekend.  My experience with trout fishing has been strictly put-and-take trout, so what I've noticed may or may not hold for wild trout. 

What I've noticed is that trout, and bluegill, have periodic feeding frenzies alternating with periods of lock-jaw.  Last weekend I was catching the hell out of bluegills, nearly one for every cast.  Then they shut down, you could almost hear a "click" they shut down so fast.  Being the genius that I am I decided to switch lure types and sure enough the bite was back on, until it wasn't.  So being the genius that I am I decided that switching lures had worked once so why not again?  And it did work again.  Several more times too.

With the blue gills I think what was happening wasn't that they quit feeding so much as they began to recognize the lure I was using as something to avoid after enough exposure to it.  Switching lures sort of took them back to the naive phase again.  I don't know if this works for trout, or other species, I haven't experimented like that with trout or other species, at least not in the narrowed permutations sort of way I did last weekend.  By narrow I mean I stood in the same spot and cast to the same areas and places the whole time.  The only change being the gizmo at the end of my line.  All other conditions remained the same, thus limiting the number of ambiguities in the situation.

With the trout I fished for in the past it appeared that they were in schools that roamed around in a large circular pattern, with periods when they ate and periods when they didn't eat.  I was fishing for them with salmon eggs and/or corn, there wasn't much experimenting I could do.  So I just don't know with them.  Would like to hear some feedback from those of you that know about trout.

But at least one lesson is worth passing on.  If you're fishing for bluegills in a small area and they stop biting after biting really well, try switching to a different type of lure or bait.  It could just help, it really worked well for me - at least that one time it did.  It might be worth considering for other species, maybe they catch on to a specific bait/lure pretty quick.

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Blog Comments
Coyute, CO   3/14/2014 7:53:54 AM
Thanks for the info. Comparing a bluegill to a trout is an insult to the bluegill. :)
FISHRANGLER, CO   3/14/2014 8:27:05 AM
^^^ no doubt
FISHRANGLER, CO   3/14/2014 8:31:58 AM
Trout are pelagic it only makes sence that you would catch them as the school makes its way around a lake and then the action would for a while. Blues gils school up but dont move around two differnt types of fish doing two different things. Walleye trout and Bass are the worse they all become wary of the same lure passing by them over and over. I have never had this problem with gills and I catch alot of them using the same fly over and over.
ualgremlin, CO   3/15/2014 6:42:22 PM
I had to look up the word pelagic.
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), TX   3/15/2014 7:35:43 PM
Me Too! :-)
Mr. Gills, CO   3/15/2014 11:40:41 PM
FISHRANGLER, CO   3/16/2014 8:35:06 AM
"Pelagic" was used on this forum a couple years ago to describe trout and how they travel and are not really locked on structure or related to anything specific. They just travel around and go wherever. I think it was Dave Coulson that may have used it, I always liked the word. On the web there are many discriptions for Salt water but the term can be used for trout becuse of the way they travel around the water colum.
anglerwannabe, CO   3/16/2014 5:17:33 PM
I don't see the similarities unless you're counting just stocked trout, then a handful of pebbles and some bait and you can catch 8 to 10" trout all day. But larger fish, let's say over 15" that have seen lots of pressure can get very picky. On the other hand, I have literally caught the same blue gill over and over. A few different times have even caught a bass I just CnR'd. Just think blue gill are much like damsels in a marine aquarium, very aggressive.