How to Attract Brim Fish


A brim or bream fish is a generalization of small freshwater fish such as the bluegill and the sunfish. A brim usually only weighs a couple of pounds at most, and can be caught year-round. You can find them in streams, ponds, lakes and creeks, and you can use live or artificial bait. You can use just about any type of fishing pole, and it is a great fish for kids to learn to fish with.

Things You'll Need

  • Fishing pole
  • Normal hook
  • Fishing line, 2- to 8-pound
  • Live bait
  • Artificial bait
  • Plan a fishing trip in the spring between April and May. Although you can fish for brim any time of the year, brim tend to head to shallow water in these spring months, making them easier to catch. During these months, many fisherman believe the period of a full moon and three days after is the best time to catch brim.

  • Attract brim by adding vegetation and fallen trees to a shallow area of water. Brim love swimming in and around shallow water, especially in the spring months, around fallen trees, vegetation, leaves and dock areas.

  • Start with a live bait when fishing for brim. The fish like to eat near the surface of the water and pick at things that move a lot. Minnows are not allowed in many different public waters. Crickets, grasshoppers and worms are allowed everywhere, and are great at luring brim.

  • Try an artificial lure if you run out of live bait or the brim seem uninterested. Use an artificial bait that is small enough for the mouth of a brim, and that has parts that will move in the water when reeled in, such as micro-jigs. Cast your line, and slowly reel it in to keep the lure moving and on the surface.

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