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California Fish Species

Arctic Grayling
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Bluegill
Brook Trout
Brown Bullhead
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Chinook Salmon
Coho Salmon
Common Carp
Creek Chubsucker
Cutbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Flathead Catfish
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Green Sunfish
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Kokanee
Lake Chubsucker
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
Pumpkinseed
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
Sacramento Perch
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Spotted Sucker
Spotted Tilapia
Steelhead
Striped Bass
Sunfish (Bream)
Threadfin Shad
White Bass
White Catfish
White Crappie
White Perch
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch

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FishExplorer Lakes with Bluegill
Amador Lake
Anaheim Lake
Barrett Lake (San Diego City)
Bass Lake
Berryessa Lake
Big Bear Lake
Black Butte Lake
Britton Lake
Bullards Bar Reservoir
Cachuma Lake
Camanche Lake
Camp Far West Reservoir
Casitas Lake
Castaic Lake
Chabot Lake
Clear Lake (Lake Cty)
Contra Loma Reservoir
Corona Lake
Del Valle Lake
Diamond Valley Lake
Dixon Lake
Don Pedro Lake
East Park Reservoir
El Capitan Reservoir
Elizabeth Lake
Elsinore Lake
Englebright Lake
Ferguson Lake
Folsom Lake
Lake Havasu
Lake Hemet
Hensley Lake
Hodges Lake
Irvine Lake (Santiago Res)
Isabella Lake
Kaweah Lake
Laguna Niguel Lake
Lower Otay Reservoir
Lake McClure
Lake Mendocino
Merle Collins Reservoir
Millerton Lake
Lake Morena
Murray Reservoir
Nacimiento Lake
New Hogan Lake
ONeill Forebay
Pardee Reservoir
Perris Lake
Pine Flat Lake
Piru Lake
Puddingstone Lake
Pyramid Lake
Lake Rollins
Lake San Antonio
San Luis Reservoir
Santa Ana River Lakes
Santa Margarita Reservoir
Scotts Flat Lake
Shasta Lake
Shaver Lake
Skinner Lake
Success Lake
Thermalito Afterbay
Tulloch Lake
Upper Otay Lake
Uvas Reservoir
Whiskeytown Lake
Only lakes in the Fish Explorer database are included in this listing. Lakes we feature on this website are hyperlinked.
Bluegill

These hand size/shaped sunfish typify the family.  Mention sunfish and there’s little doubt that bluegill with come to mind.  Their bluish-black earflap is a distinguishing feature.  Equipped with a relatively small mouth, they are nonetheless voracious feeders taking surprisingly large lures. The spiny dorsal fin usually has ten spines and the anal fin three. Bluegills are usually dark olive green along the back, with a variety of colors along the sides, lavender, brown, copper, or orange.  Older specimens often have a reddish-orange or yellow belly.
 
Spawning begins when water temperatures near the70’s. Typically starting in May or June and they may spawn all summer.  As a result bluegills often overpopulate. They prefer to nests in shallow water on a gravel base. Males, like most sunfish, guard the nest. 

Ahh the joys of childhood and catching bluegills on a bobber and worm...at least that's how it was for us. But this hard-fighting panfish has a dedicated following, more so than just child's play. So chances are there's a body of water very close to you that is stocked (and stacked) with bluegill. The world record angling record tips the scales at 4 pounds 12 ounces, and adults can grow over 12" long. Get one of these hooked onto your lightweight fly or spin rod and it'll definitely take you for a spin! And while you're at it, take a kid out who could use a little fishing time!


 

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