Bluegill - Big Bluegill

Do you love big bluegill?

Ok guys I'm confused...imagine that! For weeks I've seen "gillcracker" pics going up and nearly everytime I think hmmmmm. Some look like plain ole gorgeous redear while others look like possible hybrids. So my question is "how do you define a gillcracker?

Views: 770

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

I have a study SOMEWHERE regarding BG x RES hybrids...... IF I can find it, I'll post some more info!

Sorry for the delay, I FINALLY found the study I was looking for:

"HYBRIDIZATION OF FISHES IN NORTH AMERICA", family centrarchidae, by W.F. Childers.

It's here if someone would like more info:

http://www.fao.org/docrep/005/B3310E/B3310E10.htm

Basically, Childer's found that the offspring resulting from the pairing of a male Bluegill, and a female Redear, were 97% male. Interestingly enough, he obtained the same result from pairing a male Redear with a female Bluegill - 97% male offspring.

As far as these hybrids reproducing, the results appear somewhat mixed.  Childer's reported no significant reproduction from the male Redear x female Bluegill hybrids, as well as very little from the male Bluegill x female Redear EXCEPT for a couple of ponds in Indiana which showed "abundant" reproduction. I'm not sure what to make of those results, as the fish were apparently stocked into ponds that contained no other fish.

My gut feeling says that the male BG x female RES combination has successfully reproduced in our ponds. Certainly they go through the motions of building and defending nests, however that is not to say they will breed "true", as I find it possible that they will backcross with another Bluegill, or Redear.

Thanks all! I am now educated! I know I've never caught one but it's added to my bucket list!

Okay.  I've caught some gillcrackers here in Ga., and now ya'll got me curious about one thing.  Are these fish a true hybrid that can't reproduce or are they just a cross breed?  Either way, I do agree that they put up a good fight on 4 lb. test line and taste just as good.  Nick

There are a few of these in my father-in-law's buddy's pond.  I knew they were some kind of hybrid and I am not happy to know they have a name. 

RSS

Latest Activity

Tim Overbaugh commented on Tim Overbaugh's photo
Thumbnail

World Record Redear Sunfish 2021

"Thanks for all the kind words. Yes, this is a true giant of the freshwater sunfish world. It…"
Tuesday
jim cosgrove commented on Tim Overbaugh's photo
Thumbnail

World Record Redear Sunfish 2021

"Awesome job Tim,I remember that catch.I got one closed to 2 and was just shocked when i got it…"
Sunday
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's group East coast Ice fisherman
"No Bruce , thinking way ahead to January. Earliest I've ever ice fished is…"
Nov 25
Bruce Tomaselli commented on John Sheehan's group East coast Ice fisherman
"Do you have ice in your area?"
Nov 25
John Sheehan commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's group The Big and Ugly
"While Crappie Fishing the good sized Bullheads showed up or a Double hookup…"
Nov 25
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's group East coast Ice fisherman
"Anyone here using Schooley Reels and Rods . I want to try this if I can find my old cheap Eagle…"
Nov 25
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

electiondcr16115

"Thank you Troy ! Happy Fishing!"
Nov 25
Troy Dorman commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

electiondcr16115

"That's a dandy!"
Nov 24
Troy Dorman commented on Tim Overbaugh's photo
Thumbnail

World Record Redear Sunfish 2021

"What a fish!! Your work is superior!!!"
Nov 24
John Sheehan commented on Tim Overbaugh's photo
Thumbnail

World Record Redear Sunfish 2021

"Very Artistic! Amazing Fish!"
Nov 22
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Tim Overbaugh's photo
Thumbnail

World Record Redear Sunfish 2021

"This is an incredible fish and nobody can create a masterpiece like Tim can……He…"
Nov 22
Bruce Tomaselli commented on Tim Overbaugh's photo
Thumbnail

World Record Redear Sunfish 2021

"What a beautiful mount and fish. You both did a good job."
Nov 22
Tim Overbaugh posted a photo

World Record Redear Sunfish 2021

I had the great privilege of molding Tom Farchione's catch of a lifetime. This is the cast replica…
Nov 22
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Sunset at our Favorite Haunt on the Outer Banks….11/11/2022

"Thanks Bruce……we love it…we go more often off peak…….get the…"
Nov 21
John Sheehan posted a status
Nov 21
Bruce Tomaselli commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Nov 19
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

electiondcr16115

"Thanks Jeff! "
Nov 19
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Nov 19
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

election greg3

"Nice crappie Greg…"
Nov 19
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

electiondcr16115

"Pretty SLAB crappie John!"
Nov 19

© 2022   Created by Bluegill.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service