Bluegill are one of the best baits for largemouth bass.  In ponds, this may be one of the easiest ways to target quality bass on a consistent basis.  The key is to not go too big when fishing with bluegill as bait.  Try to stay with bluegill in the 3 to 4 inch range if you’re looking for action and some quality fish.  As you go bigger, you will usually get less bites, however, those bites may be real nice bass.

A live bluegill under a bobber or slip bobber is one of the better ways to target largemouth bass that are suspended in the water column.

This rig is a great live bait rig.  Most anglers use the Carolina rig when fishing deeper water.

The drop shot rig is an awesome way to fish a lively bluegill.  Fish it shallow, deep, in open water or around cover and you can have a lot of success.

A simple jighead and bluegill is super effective when fishing hard bottom with minimal cover that you can get snagged on.

The split shot rig is a great rig when you just need a little extra weight to get your bluegill down farther through the water column.  Most anglers use this rig when the bass are shallow and it can be super effective.