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Bluegill & Redear
I love catching Big Bluegill & Redear! My favorite way to fish for them is by using a Wade's Blade tipped with a waxworm.

In the springtime you will find most people fishing shallow, next to the banks, in search of bedding fish. At times, this can be very productive. However, several years ago while fishing a state park in Illinois, I tossed a Wade’s Blade and waxworm out in the middle of the lake, which has an average depth of 8 feet. I caught some of the biggest bluegills, I’ve ever caught in the lake. At first I thought it was a fluke, but I kept catching fish this way. 

I continue to catch fish in the same type areas every year, and no one else fishes this part of the lake for Bluegill.

You’ll need to set your bobber stop and slip float pretty deep so that it sits close to the bottom. Using a longer rod helps. Also try to find a patch of weeds or grass, as fish often school in these areas. Most people try to avoid the weeds, but that’s a mistake.

You should twitch the Wade's Blade periodically, to entice a strike. Often fish will sit there looking at the jig, and a little movement is all it takes for them to bite.

Next time you’re out Bluegill fishing, try deeper water and see if that improves your catch.

Some of my favorite colors for Bluegill and Redear are Pumpkin, Black, and Yellow Chartreuse.

Many states offer Trout stockings in the fall. This can provide for excellent fishing from fall till springtime. 

The best method for catching Rainbow Trout in the fall, when the water is still open, is to use a Wade's Blade and a waxworm, or mealworm. Using a bobber stop and slip float is how I like to fish. 

Ice fishing for Trout also provides some great action. Once the ice is safe enough to walk on (Generally 4 - 5" thick, minimum), I drill a hole, scoop it out, and put on a wooden pegged ice float, Wade's Blade and waxworm. Last year I tried tipping the Blade with Berkley “Gulp” maggots, and they also worked well.

I let the Wade's Blade sink all the way to the bottom, then adjust the bobber so that the Blade is about 6 – 10 inches off the bottom.

Make sure you jig the Blade periodically and then let it sit still. Often the fish will bite after you stop jigging.

Some of the my favorite colors for Trout are Pink , Yellow Chartreuse, Black, or White. 

I fish for Crappie year-round using the Wade's Blade with a #6 hook. When tipped with a minnow, this combo will catch a lot of fish.

I catch most of my fish on Yellow Chartreuse, with Green Chartreuse & White, being my second & third choice. I use a larger size hook on the Crappie Blade, to accommodate the minnow & for better hooking ability.

I usually Crappie fish using a flyrod and spinning reel, especially when I’m around fallen timber or brush. I also recommend using Bobber Stops and slip floats. This will allow you to quickly adjust your fishing depth. The bobber stop will slide through the eyes of your rod, so that you can reel all the way down to the blade. If you get hung up in the brush, simply reel all the way down to the blade, pull your line tight, and give the rod tip a slight push. This is all it takes to free your Blade from the brush. Re-adjust your bobber stop to the correct depth and you can continue fishing