HYBRID BLUEGILL (Lepomis cyanellus x Lepomis machrochirus)
ALIAS: Gill, bream, brim
IDENTIFICATION: Has a larger mouth than a bluegill with yellow margins along the pelvic and anal fins.
DIET: Insects, insect larvae, fathead minnows, small fish and commercial fish food.
SPAWNING: May to mid-June when water temperatures are 65-85̊F. Nests are constructed in 1 to 4’ of water. Due to an excess proportion of males, minimal reproduction occurs.
FISHING TIPS: Live baits such as red worms, meal worms and fathead minnows on a small hook work great. Also, small artificial lures will often catch overly aggressive fish in the spring, making for quite the fight.
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