One of my goals this year was to spend time exploring Lake Somerville for Bluegill and Sunfish. I began exploring the shorelines by both bank fishing and kayak fishing about 3 weeks ago. Up to this point I have covered around 3 miles of shoreline, including Overlook Park, Yegua Park, part of the dam and Twin Island.
I found small long ear along the banks just about everywhere. I found colonies of bluegill at Overlook Marina, both sides of the boat ramp points at Overlook and Welsh; in cane breaks along the dam and all around Twin Island. I found the bluegill in areas of hard bottom clay, gravel sand bars, cane breaks and vertical structure. I also found 3 colonies of small green sunfish.
The lake has receded 5 feet in this period of time. It's been interesting seeing the type of structure they were holding on being uncovered at 3 inches per day. I even found them holding on the concrete park picnic tables that were under water.
Most of the fish are small though. 5 to 6 inch long ear, 6 to 7 inch green sunfish and 7 to 8 inch bluegill. The biggest bluegill have only been around 8.5 inches.
In general, the fishing has been much better than I expected though. I'm catching large numbers of fish using the fly rod and a very small, white Betts popper. I also spent some time using live red worms. The ones I have caught on live bait haven't been any bigger though.
I'll keep exploring, hopefully I'll find that colony of trophy fish on the lake one day.