Your Guide to Catching More Summer Panfish

What you never know with summer panfishing is what species will be at the end of the line when a slip bobber darts out sight. More certain – assuming decent location choices – is the notion that you will get to watch your bobber go under several times. Slip bobber fishing is a highly dependable way to tap into summer panfish fishing action, and it is an easy style of fishing that is fun for the entire family.

Anglers commonly associate most panfishing pursuits with spring and early summer and stop targeting bluegills, perch, crappie and other panfish species once mid-summer hits and the fish become less plentiful around shallow, shoreline cover. Those fish seldom move far, though. Most just slide a bit deeper to a weedline, brushpile or slight break, to the deep end of a dock, out a point or to the deep edge of a riprap bank.

A slip bobber, which allows you to suspend a bait at any depth and is easy to cast even if set for 5 or 10 feet deep is ideal for this approach. Work just out from the same areas you fished earlier in the year, adjusting the bobber stop as needed to suspend your bait just off the bottom or just over the cover. Cover water until you find fish and slow down when you start getting hits. Pay careful attention to what you were doing and to the bank type, depth and cover when you start catching fish, and chances are good that as the day develops, you’ll figure out the day’s perfect panfish presentation and the most productive types of locations.

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