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Tips for Fishing Bass Around Bluegill Beds

Bluegill beds are excellent places to find bass throughout the entire summer season. When the water temperatures reach the 70-degree mark, post-spawn bass will again infiltrate the shallows to gorge on these spawning bluegill before heading to their deep, summertime haunts.

Managing Editor Walker Smith walks us through his process for finding high-percentage bluegill bedding areas. He also discusses bait selection, presentation and common bass behavior you’ll often see in these situations.

If you’re struggling to get bit as the water temperatures rise, this is great information to keep in the back of your head for the next few months. Not every bluegill bed will have bass nearby, but when you do find that special area, it will result in lots of hooksets and bloody hands!