A black dot on the bluegill’s “ear” is notable. Their faces are blue, even purple, with yellow to orange bellies. They have dark vertical bands spaced down their sides.
Bluegill live in the shallow waters of lakes and ponds, along with slow-moving areas of streams and small rivers. They prefer water with heavy aquatic vegetation, and hide within fallen logs or water weeds. They can often be found around weed beds, where they search for food or spawn.
In the wild they feed on insects, zooplankton, worms, and small fish. They will eat almost any human food scraps thrown into the water, such as bread, corn, and crackers.
Spawning season for bluegills starts late spring and extends into the summer. The peak of the spawning season usually occurs when waters hit 67 and continues to rise to 80 °F.
- Choccolocco Creek: It is advised to NOT eat any fish caught from Choccolocco Creek.
Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) are the iconic bream species that many of us have fond memories of catching as a kid and still enjoy to this day. The world record bluegill, at 4 lbs 12 oz, came from Alabama in 1950.