Fish Identification Quiz Image
Species Index Game and Fish Home

Bluegill
Lepomis macrochirus
Identifying Characteristics

Deep body with spiny and soft dorsal fins well connected
2 to 3 anal fin spines
10 dorsal spines
Soft dorsal fin with a black blotch near base of last few rays
Dark "ear" flap on gill plate
Distinguished from green sunfish and rock bass by smaller mouth not extending to middle of the eye
Distinguished from the pumpkinseed by the lack of an orange spot on the gill cover
Bluegill Photo 
Other Information
Bluegill were introduced in Wyoming. Bluegills prefer warm, weedy ponds, sloughs and small lakes. They are often an important forage fish in association with largemouth bass. Spawning takes place in the summer when water temperatures reach seventy degrees Fahrenheit. Spawning patterns are similar to the other sunfish and black bass. Food of the bluegill is primarily aquatic insects, small crustaceans, and snails.

Bluegill Photo
Angling Tips
Bluegill are easily caught with worms and small flies. Wyoming bluegills seldom exceed six inches.

Bluegill Photo