Fish Identification Guide Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Lepomis gibbosus
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 black with red and light colored margin; cheek with wavy blue lines. Dorsal fin has rows of spots. Diet primarily consists of snails and other small molluscs; it will also eat aquatic insects and small fish. Nesting is similar to bluegill.
Family: Sunfish
Type: Sport Fish
Range: Most often found in Sandhills lakes and Box Butte Reservoir.

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