Once upon a time I caught them with a spinning rod. It was, just fishing. Now I that I've taken up a fly rod, I have not had so much fun fishing pan fish. I have a 5 wt and they can put a bend in the rod, especially when they head for the weeds. When they hit the popper they feel and act bigger than they are.
Trout may be sexy, but the Bluegill is real fun.