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    Default Artificial baits for bream on beds

    I spotted a large area of bream beds via my new boat's sonar. The managed private lake is new to me. Was told it has coppernose bluegill stocked in it. What type of artificials would you try? I don't think I have anything specifically for bream but I have crappie baits like trout magnets, what about that. Oh yeah, I do have all kinds of flies for my fly rod. Or would you just use worms or crickets live bait? I know the latter works but I'd rather cast artificial. At first, anyway. If I find them, I will take my brother, he likes to panfish.

    I am just assuming the beds have fish on them. I've heard they come back year after year. Maybe I can learn/tweak my Humminbird Helix 9 such that I can see fish.

    It's surprising how large this area of beds is. It's over 100 yards long, about 5 ft deep off the bank.

    I was told they have some coppernose here that are 1.5 lbs, hope so!

    EDIT: I just remembered I also bought some tiny spoons and also small plastic anisoptera (dragonfly nymph) baits from Japan. I guess I bought these two baits for crappie but wonder if they will work for bream. Now that I have the anisoptera plastics, gotta figure out how to rig them, what type of hook etc.
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    I'd recommend trout magnets, basically smaller versions of crappie magnets. They come with jig heads, if you get a kit, and I use them with all sorts of other small baits.

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    Short answer: anything works for bed fishing.

    Long answer: if the water is shallow (4' or less), I'd use the fly rod. If fish are deeper, any small jig (like a trout magnet) would be my first choice. I would not use live bait for bed fishing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deathb4disco View Post
    Short answer: anything works for bed fishing.

    Long answer: if the water is shallow (4' or less), I'd use the fly rod. If fish are deeper, any small jig (like a trout magnet) would be my first choice. I would not use live bait for bed fishing.
    When they’re on the beds small jigs with TMs are deadly, and a fly rod would be a blast! Just like DB4D said! Have at it!
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    Black/chartreuse tube on 1/32 head tipped with a wax worm will fill your cooler in no time. If no wax worm a white crappie nibble will take a little longer but will do fine.

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    I also would recommend trout magnets as a good reliable bait. You can tip them with a crappie nibble. The antisopera you got from eurotackle would work as well. Good luck and I hope you catch a bunch!
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    1 inch sliders on a 1/64 jig.


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    1/32 0z. Road Runners With one inch sliders . Black is my favorite . Fle fly's perfect pearl go-go minnow . Southern pro's double trouble curly tail are my top 3 baits . Bedded or not , does not matter . jmo.
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    I used the bug in the picture Saturday with real good results. Super slow drag on the bottom with an occasional tiny twitch did the trick. Same jig til I got it hung in about 8’ of water and lost it. They wouldn’t leave it alone. Most anything similar will work well, I prefer darker colors.
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    I have a mold for a 1 inch Berkley power nymph. This and the trout magnet are my favorite for gills
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