Hybrid Bluegills


Hybrid bluegills are a cross between a green sunfish and a bluegill sunfish.  The resulting population are mostly males which will initially slow down their reproduction rate.

Hybrid bluegill sunfish pond fish

Hybrid bluegill sunfish in a net

Hybrid bluegills can live up to 10 years reaching up to 10 inches.  If or when the few females in the hybrid bluegill population successfully reproduce the result are bluegill sunfish or Lepomis macrochirus.

Blugills reach sexual maturity within 1 to 2 years.  In early summer males will make a nest and fiercely guard it until the eggs hatch in 2 to 5 days.

The tiny fry are translucent and go out to open waters to feed on zooplankton.  When they reach about an inch long they will swim back to the shallow waters and feed on insects, invertebrates and occasionally on small fish.

Hybrid blugills are an ideal pond fish for stocking because they give your larger predator fish time to increase their population before an over abundance of bluegills occur in your pond.

Bluegills are delicious pan fish and give an incredible fight on the end of the fishing line for their size.  They are generally fearless while they are protecting their nests so much so that a hand placed near the nest might get nipped and a lure will certainly get hooked.

 

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