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Fish Identification

Bluegill

Bluegill have a compressed body with a rounded profile. Their back and upper sides are dark olive-green, often with dark vertical bars on the sides, and the belly is pale yellow to light orange. Spawning males have blue on the lower parts of the head and a red breast. They have an entirely dark ear flap and a dark spot in the rear of the dorsal fin, which distinguishes them from all other sunfish.

Scientific Name:  Lepomis macrochirus

Adult size: 7-16 inches

Distribution: Found in warm waters throughout the state.

Current State Record Information

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