Lepomis macrochirus


Conservation Status

  • Bluegills can reach a foot in length and as much as 4.5 pounds. 
  • Bluegill can lay up to 60,000 eggs. 
  • This fish can be found in shallow waters with aquatic vegetation, in the shade of streamside vegetation, and sheltering among fallen limbs and in-stream logs. 
  • In 1960, a bluegill was given to the prince of Japan by the mayor of Chicago. The fish escaped and became an invasive species in the county.