Bluegill

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Year-round, Monday-Sunday
(Fall/Winter) 7:00 AM 2:00 PM
(Spring/Summer) 6:00 AM 2:00 PM

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Half day 4 hours
Full day 8 hours

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Bass Boat: $250 half day $350 full day
Pontoon Boat: $350 half day $450 full day
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Everyone remembers their first fishing trip. Sunny days out on Lake Okeechobee as you cast your rod hoping to catch Bluegill is a special time shared with children, parents, and friends. Bluegill fishing is often the first fishing experience for the young ones, but can be challenging and exciting even for experienced fishermen. Ron’s Guide Service offers half and full day trips with the most experienced guides in Florida who know the lake like a dog knows fleas! Our fishing trips were one of the very first services we offered and are proud to have anglers from all over the world come fish with us for over 25 years.

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“When is the best time to come?” Is the foremost question Ron’s Guide Service is asked by every angler planning a Bluegill fishing trip on Lake Okeechobee. Ron’s Guide Service has been providing fishing services since 1985 and we would honestly have to say that there really isn’t a bad time to go fishing on Lake Okeechobee. Bluegill spawn (March through November), when the fish are bedding, are considered to be better months, but winter is also a very successful time with an abundance of fish.

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(Fall/Winter)
7:00 AM      2:00 PM
(Spring/Summer)
6:00 AM      2:00 PM

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Spawn

Bluegill spawn when lake temperatures are about 70-75 degrees, so any time in March through September with a peak time in June.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”679″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border” css=”.vc_custom_1442552136775{margin-top: 10px !important;margin-right: 10px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;margin-left: 10px !important;}”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-life-ring” title=”Boats” tab_id=”1442042596660-e1a401ab-4d3d” add_icon=”true”][vc_column_text]We use a variety of vessels depending on party size, fishing style, and preference. For families with kids we recommend our pontoon boat. Experienced anglers will prefer bass boats which hold a maximum of three passengers per boat.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”640″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border” css=”.vc_custom_1442359375805{margin-top: 10px !important;margin-right: 10px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;margin-left: 10px !important;}”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-truck” title=”Fishing with Live Bait” tab_id=”1442043081749-4111481c-245e” add_icon=”true”][vc_column_text]Fishing with grass shrimp, worms, crickets and other live bait is by far the most productive and sure shot method for a successful fishing trip. The beauty of live bait fishing is that you don’t have to be a fishing “angler of the year” to really experience the thrill of catching a fish. Live bait cost is $10.00 – $12.00 depending on the market. If you are unsure of what kind of live bait to purchase, your fishing captain will assist you.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”680″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border” css=”.vc_custom_1442552195061{margin-top: 10px !important;margin-right: 10px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;margin-left: 10px !important;}”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-paw” title=”Fishing with Artficial Lures” tab_id=”1442043126610-b6b45a5b-57e8″ add_icon=”true”][vc_column_text]Artificial lures are included in your fishing trip, your captain is fully stocked with artificial baits. Artificial lures can be combined with live bait fishing. If you choose to bring your own artificial lures, the most popular for Bluegill fishing include spinners, small plastic worms, and tiny jigs.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”642″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border” css=”.vc_custom_1442359409000{margin-top: 10px !important;margin-right: 10px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;margin-left: 10px !important;}”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-bullseye” title=”About the Bluegill” tab_id=”1442042967342-c5eba651-d63d” add_icon=”true”][vc_column_text]

Despite a huge variation in color, the Bluegill is not difficult to identify. It has a rounder shape than other Bream, and a gill flap of solid black with no colored margin. Small individuals are often silvery with a bluish sheen, but the color darkens with growth. Adult females are predominately bluish with light patches. Adult males are purplish, with rust-colored fins and an iridescent patch of coppery scales on the head.Vertical bars of varying shade may be visible at any age.

SIZE: Commonly caught in all sizes, from a couple of ounces to half a pound. Specimens running 8-12 ounces are very common at times, especially when bedding, and fish exceeding 1 pound are not rare. Potential is 3-4 pounds. World record 4 pounds, 12 ounces; Florida record 2.95 pounds.

FOOD VALUE: Variable. Smaller ones are very good; so are big ones, if filleted and skinned rather than scaled.

GAME QUALITIES: Ranks among the best of its size.

TACKLE AND BAITS: Although the most, by far, are caught with poles and any number of natural baits, such as earthworms, crickets and grass shrimp, the Bluegill can stake undisputed claim to the title of Florida’s best freshwater flyrod fish. Small poppers and spiders, along with small sinking bugs of any sort are seldom refused when Bluegills are active, and especially deadly during bedding times. Ultralight spin- ning with tiny spinnerbaits, either cast or trolled, is another effective approach.

FISHING SYSTEMS: Still Fishing; Drifting; Casting; Trolling.

RANGE: Statewide.

HABITAT: Equally at home in lakes, streams and canals. Not so choosy about surroundings as some of the other bream.

 

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A Florida fishing license is required and can be purchased prior to your trip. Children under 16 years of age are exempt. A non-resident three day freshwater fishing license is available for $17.00 and can be purchased by phone, online, or from any Florida hunting and fishing retail outlet store like Walmart. The fishing license is issued immediately after purchase.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
1 (888) 486-8356
https://license.myfwc.com

Walmart Supercenter
2101 South Parrot Ave
Okeechobee, FL 34974
(863) 763-7070

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Ron’s Guide Service DOES NOT provide taxidermy. Aside from skinning, cleaning, quartering, and taxidermy preparation, anything else that happens AFTER your experience is not the responsibility of Ron’s Guide Service. We are not associated or affiliated with any taxidermists. Ron’s Guide Service strictly handles your actual hunting, fishing, and tour experience, not what comes after it. We are not responsible for any recommendations made by your guide regarding taxidermists. Any arrangements you make regarding taxidermy is between you and the taxidermist. It is your responsibility to get the contact number of the taxidermist or your guide if he is handling any taxidermy request.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”651″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border” css=”.vc_custom_1442359733437{margin-top: 10px !important;margin-right: 10px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;margin-left: 10px !important;}”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-suitcase” title=”What to Bring” tab_id=”1442044303628-a1d11629-f1e3″ add_icon=”true”][vc_column_text]Bringing a poncho or raincoat is advisable in order to be prepared for the temperamental Florida weather. Drinking plenty of liquids such as water during your Ron’s Guide Service experience is also recommended. Light snacks like trail mix can tame hunger pains. Sunscreen is essential anytime you go out into the Florida sun. Bug repellant will keep away pesky mosquitos. A hat and sunglasses will also help keep the sun out of your face. Over-the-counter pain medications help to soothe aches and pains after a long day of adventure. If you plan to rent a car or drive while in Florida, bring small bills and coins for Florida’s many toll roads. Bring your camera, extra batteries, the charger, and extra memory cards or film. We recommend a large ice cooler (60 qt. or larger) to pack your meat in. You will also need to supply your own ice. It is important you purchase your ice before arriving. We are not responsible for spoiled meat if you come unprepared. There is no ATM and most of our guides do not accept credit cards so make sure you bring cash. You will want to bring the exact balance due plus additional cash to tip your guide. Most licenses can be purchased upon arrival but some you can purchase in advance which will save time. You are welcome to bring your favorite weapon if you are not borrowing one of ours. Ammunition can be purchased without a license anywhere in the state of Florida.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”192″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border” css=”.vc_custom_1442048869226{margin-top: 10px !important;margin-right: 10px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;margin-left: 10px !important;}”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-bug” title=”What to Wear” tab_id=”1442044271991-15da6886-0c96″ add_icon=”true”][vc_column_text]When visiting Florida in the warmer months, generally between March and October, pack comfortable, lightweight clothing to help keep you cool during the day. During the cooler season, bring an assortment of short-sleeved and long-sleeved clothing items, as well as a lightweight jacket or two because temperatures often fluctuate from day to day during the winter. We recommend closed-toe footwear such as sneakers and rubber boots, sunglasses and hats.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”652″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border” css=”.vc_custom_1442359819338{margin-top: 10px !important;margin-right: 10px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;margin-left: 10px !important;}”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-fire” title=”Lodging & Campgrounds” tab_id=”1442044357558-46d1146c-6ede” add_icon=”true”][vc_column_text]There are plenty of nearby accommodations to fit your needs and budget. Some even offer discounts to our clients! Visit our lodging & campgrounds page for places to stay.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”194″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow_border” css=”.vc_custom_1442359672492{margin-top: 10px !important;margin-right: 10px !important;margin-bottom: 10px !important;margin-left: 10px !important;}”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-plane” title=”Nearby Airports” tab_id=”1442044412609-0621807d-3d92″ add_icon=”true”][vc_column_text]

We are located about 70 miles from Palm Beach International Airport and about 13 miles from Okeechobee County Airport.

Palm Beach International Airport

1000 James L Turnage Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33415

Okeechobee County Airport

2800 NW 20th Trail
Okeechobee, FL 34972

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1921 Fulmar Terrace, Okeechobee, FL 34974

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1505 Florida 78 West, Okeechobee, FL 34974

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