Bluegill Sunfish

BLUEGILL SUNFISH (Lepomis macrochirus)

ALIAS: Bream, brim, sun perch, copperbelly

IDENTIFICATION:  A deep sided fish with a small mouth, a long pectoral fin and a spot on the dorsal fin.

DIET:  Insects, insect larvae, fathead minnows, small fish and commercial fish food.

SPAWNING: May through mid-summer when water temperatures are 65-85̊ F.  Nests are constructed in 1 to 4’ of water on firm sand and gravel bottoms.  

FISHING TIPS:  Live bait such as red worms, mealworms and fathead minnows on a small hook work great in catching these slab-sized fish throughout the spring and summer. 

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