Bluegill - Big Bluegill

Do you love big bluegill?

I took the kayak to an "out-of-the-way" lake in N.E. Michigan today in search of bluegills. I had never fished this lake so didn't know what to expect. Didn't get a single bluegill or pumpkinseed. I did get quite a few of the fish like the one in the first attached picture. At first I thought these were green sunfish but now I'm not so sure after doing some research online. The fish in the second attachment is one on which I am totally clueless. It measured 10", was very dark in color, and fought like a large bass. Both species had large mouths, much larger than gills or pumpkinseeds.

Let me know what you think they are.

Views: 373

Attachments:

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Nice fish Steve....looks to be hybrids to me but the experts will weigh in and help you out........

Steve nice fish by the way! im guessing but im no expert

i believe the first fish is a hybrid. more p'seed than anything... im thinking p'seed x green sunfish

second fish i believe is green sunfish and at 10" is a master angler for michigan congrats

I was thinking the same about the first fish....a cross between pumpkinseed and green sunfish. The majority (95%) of the fish I caught that day were of this variety. So I'm left wondering, where were all the green sunfish and pumpkinseeds? If fish 2 is a green sunfish, then i caught only 2 of those that day. I didn't catch any pumpkinseeds. Once a population of pumpkinseed/green sunfish hybrids get established, can they continue to breed more hybrids like themselves and eventually force out the "purebreads"???

is this lake have a DNR access site or is it private... i wonder if it has stocking data on it. most of the time i see private lake owners association manage their  fish selection and is popular to stock hybrids for more control for numbers.

The lake does not have an access site nor is it private. It is on National Forest land and there is a path to the lake from a nearby dirt road. I'm going to try it again tomorrow and see what else I can learn about what lives in there.

RSS

Latest Activity

Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
6 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a photo

Bluegill X Pumpkinseed Cross…….7/2/2022

Pumpkingill…….body of a bluegill with the mottling in the cheeks but it’s not turquoise on the…
21 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a photo

Fresh Local White Shrimp……7/2/2022

Butterflied, dusted with corn flour and flash fried in peanut oil……served on a bed of romaine with…
yesterday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a photo

Crappie Against the Marsh Backdrop…..7/2/2022

Chartreuse jigs tipped with a live minnow…
yesterday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
yesterday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
yesterday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
yesterday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a status
"Woke up to Tropical Storm Colin turning off the upper South Carolina coast…..by mid morning we had the first feeder band with 30 Crappie"
yesterday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Beautiful Ten Inch Class Coppernose….6/30/2022

"Thanks Troy…….have a great weekend!"
Friday
Troy Dorman commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Friday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Friday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Pretty Banded Coppernose With Grape in His Face….6/30;2022

"Yes sir…..the fire is going down into the peat moss which means it’s burning under…"
Friday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a photo

Guardian Mallard Hen Getting Between the Boat and Her Nine Ducklings….6/30/2022

She would have flown anytime before but not with her little ones…
Friday
Mikey-D commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Pretty Banded Coppernose With Grape in His Face….6/30;2022

"You are one gill catching dude those are awesome pretty fish are you battling that smoke as well as…"
Friday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Friday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Friday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Friday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a status
"High winds today but I put on my big boy pants and gave it a whirl, man I’m glad I did, caught 62 gills, all Coppernose but one…surface 84"
Friday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Beautiful Banding on this Coppernose….6/25/2022

"Hey Mikey-D, Coppernose are also known as “Florida Strain” bluegill as…"
Thursday
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

june bass wayway

"Thanks Jeff!,  at beautiful Lake Waywayanda in NENJ. We always get to see an Eagle and…"
Thursday

© 2022   Created by Bluegill.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service