Bluegill - Big Bluegill

Do you love big bluegill?

As bluegill anglers, we often are fortunate enough to tangle with some other interesting sunfish species. One that I most often hear mis-identified is Green Sunfish. Mostly, I hear folks calling them Rock Bass. Warmouth look even more like Rock Bass, but there are differences, especially in that Rock Bass are often found in rocky streams or lakes, and Warmouth seem to have a preference for weedy slackwaters & ponds.

Anyway, here's some pictures of these 3 sunfish species that might help others with identifying what they are catching:

Green Sunfish


Rock Bass


Warmouth

Views: 401

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Here is a picture of a Green Sunfish from the Erie Canal near my house in NY. We don't see them in too many lakes/streams around here, The Canal is full of them though.


How about the blackbanded sunfish? Where's the love?


....or the redbreast sunfish??
im having trouble identifying this fish! our state record is only 13oz. The fish you hold here Ive cought several over a lb. I wanna get more into detail on some record fish cause I think Ive got some record setters here in the delta. Ive already caught a bowfin that would hold a state record and I released him. Im getting close to just takin my daily creel down to the game warden office every time and sayin YOU GO THROUGH EM! Red breast and bluegill all look the same to me.
Bruce, you've got two species there I've never caught..... both are very cool!
did you catch that? ive also never heard of it. can you tell me where to catch them?
Oooooo. I like that redbreast sunfish - would like to see more of them.

The Blackbanded sunfish - tell me - is it a species, subspecies? Where?

FH
testing

Just as I thought!!!
I'm calling you out on the lens tricks Bruce!! No wonder all your fish look HUUUGEEEEE.
(LMAO)

That is one COOL looking fish! Never saw one before.
Growing up in northern Illinois most everyone I know called them all bluegill. Maybe that's all we caught. My goal this year is to actually know what I'm catching. And, since I've never targeted "bluegill," maybe I'll have a lot of opportunities to hit or miss. Thanks for the pictures.
easiest way to tell a warmouth apart from a rockbass is to count the spines on the anal fin. rockbass usually has 6 and a warmouth has 3.
I tried on another thread to help ID this fish. Any ideas?

RSS

Latest Activity

Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
19 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
20 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
20 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a status
"Joe and I shoved off at daylight and had a pretty good trip ahead of a strong cold front tonight….some surface temps below 70 today"
20 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a status
"Picked up bait, boat hooked up…..up against a cold front tomorrow with my son in law Joe….hopefully we can find a few fish before the rain.."
yesterday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

My Wife’s Dinner Tonight….Buffaloed Crappie….10/12/2021

"Enjoy Mikey-D…..real tasty recipe, crappie are so good, just kicks it up a…"
Thursday
Jeffrey D. Abney replied to Frank M's discussion Never saw a fish with this deformity!
"Always cool to see the survivors…..I agree with Bruce….could have been a bird of prey…"
Thursday
Mikey-D commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

My Wife’s Dinner Tonight….Buffaloed Crappie….10/12/2021

"Dang Jeff that looks pretty good never tried that but seeing this think I'm going to try it…"
Thursday
Bruce Tomaselli replied to Frank M's discussion Never saw a fish with this deformity!
"I bet  a bird, heron, kingfisher, etc. took a swipe at it."
Thursday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Tuesday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a status
"All fish cleaned…waiting out the Invest right offshore, gusting over 30 this morning, creeks down over two feet in the last 12 hours.."
Oct 10
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Oct 9
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Oct 8
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Oct 8
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Oct 8
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a status
"Started a long weekend in the coastal marsh….water temps have dipped below 70 and the crappie are going shallow for the Fall feed…"
Oct 8
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Dinner Tonight……10/4/2021

"Thanks John…..I thank my family for teaching me so many cultural enjoyments when it comes to…"
Oct 7
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on John Sheehan's group Piscatorial Pursuit of Perch
"Thanks, I personally love the period between 70 to 60 in the Fall as well as Spring 60 to…"
Oct 7
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Oct 7
John Sheehan commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Dinner Tonight……10/4/2021

"You got it going on Jeffrey!"
Oct 7

© 2021   Created by Bluegill.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service