(Lepomis macrochirus)
Rafinesque, 1819; CENTRARCHIDAE FAMILY; also called bream, sun perch, blue sunfish, copperbelly
Native to approximately the eastern half of the U.S.A. and a small portion of northeastern Mexico, the bluegill has been widely introduced elsewhere in North America as well as into Europe and South Africa. Today it is one of the most popular panfish species in North America. It has a greatly compressed, roundish (in profile) body that is typical of the sunfishes. Its color is highly variable and many range from dark blue or bluish purple to yellow, and in some cases (notably in quarry holes) it may even appear to be clear and colorless. Usually, there are 6 8 vertical bars on the sides, which may or may not be prominent. The gill cover (operculum) peaks into a broad, roundish flap that is black in color; however, it is not surrounded by a lighter colored trim as it is in some other sunfishes. It has the small mouth and head that are typical of sunfish species. The pectoral fins are pointed. Fly fishing for bluegills has become increasingly popular and light tackle anglers have long found it to be one of the best action fish, ounce for ounce, that can be caught

Current All Tackle Record

4 lbs 12oz ( 2.15 kg)

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