-- Last Updated: Apr-18-13 9:39 AM EST --
I am a fly fisherman, but my youngest daughter has no interest in fly fishing. One day we found ourselves at a lake and she wanted to fish. I don't keep live bait in my truck, obviously, so while I had tackle in my truck I didn't have any live bait. Like most parks, this one discourages people from digging up worms out of their fields. Instead, I tied a weighted hare's ear nymph out of my trout box under a bobber and my daughter caught far more bluegills than she ever did with worms.
Bluegills aren't fussy. I've since used any of a variety of small beadheaded nymphs and they all seem to work well. You can get commercially tied ones cheaply at nearly any big box store that sells fishing tackle.
If that doesn't work for you, or if you want to use a cast and retrieve approach rather than bobber fishing, the classic bluegill lures are the Beetle Spin (also available nearly everywhere) or small inline spinners. I'd discourage you from using the inline spinners at first. The treble hooks can have some unpleasant repurcussions when used around excitable small children holding thrashing fish.
Good luck. I hope you and your son have a blast. Remember, the little guy may not have too much of a span of concentration. If he wants to go off chasing grasshoppers or kick a ball or whatever, let him. Let it be fun for him. It's amazing what all activities fit into the category "fishing" for a small child.
- Big D
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