The bluegill is one of the most popular fish species in the United States. It is widely distributed and commonly stocked as forage for largemouth bass but it is a respectable sport fish itself. In fact, it may very well have been the first freshwater fish you caught! Although they may be overlooked this time of year, fall bluegill fly fishing is fun and relatively easy.
Bluegill are often confused with other species of sunfish. Depending on spawning activity, these fish are often pale, silvery green, or even purplish. And despite their name, bluegill don’t display their color on their gills or gill covering, like the green sunfish. If anything, a light blue appears along the lower jaw region, so a more appropriate name would be the “bluejaw.”
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