Stalking the Elusive Bluegill


The bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) is in the sunfish family and is native to
North America.
The most distinguishing characteristic is its blue or black
coloring on the tip of the gill cover. This does not give it t...
Our bluegill was 7 inches long. Reasoning for thinking this
is a bluegill and not a pumpkinseed sunfish is that our fish
d...
Stalking the Elusive Bluegill
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Stalking the Elusive Bluegill

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Catch, Photo and Release. A close look at a wild bluegill.

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Stalking the Elusive Bluegill

  1. 1. Stalking the Elusive Bluegill The bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) is in the sunfish family and is native to North America.
  2. 2. The most distinguishing characteristic is its blue or black coloring on the tip of the gill cover. This does not give it the name quot;bluegillquot;, however. It gets its name from the bright blue edges of the gill rakers. I was not able to photograph these as handling the fish would have severely stressed it, more than it already was. Bluegill Lepomis macrochirus
  3. 3. Our bluegill was 7 inches long. Reasoning for thinking this is a bluegill and not a pumpkinseed sunfish is that our fish does not have the crimson coloring along the edge of the gill cover.

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