Tips and Tricks for Pan Fishing

Before getting into the tips and tricks of pan fishing, you should first know what a pan fish is. A pan fish is basically any edible fish whose size allows for it to be cooked whole in a pan. This therefore means that there are a number of species that fall under the category of pan fish. Some of these are bluegill, bass, crappie, bullhead, yellow perch, rocky mountain and sand rollers, just to mention a few. Most pan fish are found in fresh water though there are some salt water pan fish. The gear and technique for your fishing is determined by the size of fish you are after, in our case pan sized fish. Below are the equipments, techniques, and general tips to help you get a good catch.


When focusing on fresh water fishing, you will need to have a tackle, reel, rod, line weights, and hooks. You will also need to have bait which can be natural, such as earthworms, grasshoppers, crickets or red worms, or you could use artificial bait. Get advice on the combinations of gear to use so that your line, rod, sinkers and bobbers are properly matched. Fishing equipment is available for all sizes of fish starting from ultra light gear for the smaller varieties to heavy duty equipment for the bigger fish. You also need to make sure that you are properly clothed for the type of fishing you wish to undertake. When doing on shore fishing, you will need waders and rubber boots. When on a boat always remember to wear your life jacket. 


This will depend whether you are on shore fishing or on a boat. On shore fishing will be shallow fishing while boat fishing will be deep fishing. For the boat fishing you should drop the line into the water and allow it to hit the bottom then pull it back up a little and let it dangle there. The drift will work to your advantage with smooth, life-like movements of the bait. For on shore fishing however you should cast across from you with a slight angle towards upstream such that your line will drift past you down stream. While on shore fishing it would be helpful to target areas with weeds, rocks or brush as more fish tend to hide in such areas.

General Information Tips

  • Select bait that looks familiar in the waters you are fishing. 
  • Learn your fish. Bluegills for example will quickly bite on any bait, while perch are very curious creatures.
  • The best times to be out fishing are early morning and late evening. Cooler weather will also get you a better catch.
  • Take advantage of fish that are found in schools as when you find one there are likely to be several more very close by.
  • Be ready for a fight. Some fish are not very easy to get out of the water and even though you may hook a few it is very easy to go home empty handed.
  • Finally, get an experienced hand to go out with you whenever you can. Watch how they do it and get pointers on how to improve your technique.