Structure is a generic term that refers to underwater habitat. Structure types include rocks, tree stumps, underwater cliffs, sudden depth changes, standing trees, fallen trees, bends in underwater channels, etc. Both sunfish and crappie prefer to associate with structure once they have finished spawning. 

Structures is a generic term for artificial structure created by anglers or fisheries managers to improve fishing. These typically include brush piles, Christmas trees, chunks of old cement and concrete, old tires, and wooden “cribs.” In marine areas, artificial reefs made from sunken ships are artificial structures.

Finding and fishing in and around structure of any kind is a good strategy for catching fish.



How to Find Big Bluegills in the Heat of Summer

I’m no Parrothead, but for the life of me I couldn’t rid my brain of the sound and vision of a throng of Jimmy Buffet devotees shouting the words to “Fins”—“You got fins to the left, fins to the right, and you’re the only bait in town.” That Buffet is a maniacal big-game saltwater angler and I was filling a bucket with bluegills didn’t seem to matter. I was catching—and it was good. I also knew that it wouldn’t last. The summer sun eventually scorches those perfect hotspots, and all those fins melt away to parts unknown. Or do they?