Fish Identification Guide Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Bluegill
Lepomis macrochirus
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: A flat, slab-sided fish with a rather small mouth. Pectoral fin is pointed and relatively long; gill cover tab dark colored to edge. Dark spot at rear base of dorsal fin. Insects are the predominate food item, often captured at the surface of the water, followed by small crustaceans, small fish, and snails; sometimes algae if animal food is scarce. When spawning, many nests (roundish depressions on bottom) are located close together in small, shallow-water areas (beds). Excellent prey fish for largemouth bass, particularly in farm ponds. Can hybridize with green sunfish.
Family: Sunfish
Type: Sport Fish
Range: Statewide


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