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Having caught hybrids many times and of good sizes.. One question always elude me. With countless googling, no answer yet. The question remains, what happens in the hybrid life. Mainly spawning but also how does being a hybrid effect the overall sunfish population and size structure. So really, does the hybrid exist only to breed very little? How fertile are hybrids? If fertile, does F2, F3, and so on remain hybrids or do they eventually revert back to pure strain after so many cross backs. Does it improve overall pure strain size because hybrid grows faster and attain quality size faster? In my years experiences, hybrids tend to be solitaire spawners. I have caught gurading hybrids males off colonies of bluegill beds but majority of the time, they are by themselves in a solitaire bed. If hybrids are not very fertile and is bad for the sunfish population over time, would harvest of hybrids be beneficial? Thoughts, experience, facts?

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I'm at work now, and have a busy weekend coming up, but will revisit this thread as soon as I get the chance.

I used to fish a pond that was stocked with BG x GS Hybrids.

I've learned a few things over the years.  Hybrid sunnies, OF ANY STRAIN, are fertile, and will spawn and produce offspring.  Most hatcheries sell the BG x GS Hybrids as the Hybrids are about 95% male.  So, if the BOW is stocked with only the Hybrid, you'll see very little reproduction, due to the low number of females.  However, ALL the males will still prepare beds, so it will look like they are spawning.

I have caught a few F2 generation fish, from the same pond.  These fish had the body size and shape of a good-sized Green Sunfish, but they were colored more like a Black Crappie with a little bright orange on their fins.  Weird looking fish.

I've been told that if you are stocking BG x GS Hybrids, you have to kill the pond every few years and restock, to keep the F2 and F3 fish from taking over.

I've also fished a creek that had some naturally-occuring BG x GS hybrids.  It does happen!  That particular creek was LOADED with fish.  I could always count on catching some Greenies near the bank, and 'gills out in the middle.  The ocassional LMB and/or Channel Cat just added some spice :)  UL fishing and/or fly fishing in that creek was always a blast.

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