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Colorado Fish Species

Arctic Char
Arctic Grayling
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Bluehead sucker
Bonytail Chub
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Colorado Pikeminnow
Colorado River Cutthroat
Common Carp
Creek Chub
Cutbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Emerald Shiner
Flannelmouth Sucker
Flathead Catfish
Flathead Chub
Freshwater Drum
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Golden Trout
Grass Carp
Green Sunfish
Greenback Cutthroat
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Lake Chub
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Sucker
Mountain Whitefish
Northern Pike
Orangespotted Sunfish
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
River Carpsucker
Roundtail Chub
Sacramento Perch
Smallmouth Bass
Snake River Cutthroat
Spottail Shiner
Spotted Bass
Striped Bass
Sunfish (Bream)
Tiger Muskie
Tiger Trout
White Bass
White Crappie
White Sucker
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch
Yellowstone Cutthroat

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FishExplorer Lakes with Bluegill
Adams County Fairground Lakes
Adobe Creek Reservoir (Blue Lake)
Allen Park Lake
Arapaho Bend Ponds (FC)
Lake Arbor
Aurora Reservoir
Avery Pond
Banner Lakes SWA
Barnum Park Lake
Barr Lake
Bear Creek Lake
Bear Creek Ponds
Lake Beckwith
Berkeley Lake
Big Thompson Ponds
Bingham Lake-Pinery Reservoir
Birdland Lake (Jack B. Tomlinson Park)
Blue Heron Lake
Boedecker Reservoir
Boulder Reservoir
Bowles Grove Pond
Boyd Lake
Brighton City Park Lake
Brush Hollow Reservoir
Camenisch Park Pond
Carl Park Pond
Cattail Pond at Boulder County Fairgrounds
Centennial Park Lake
Chartiers Pond (Brush SWA)
Chatfield Reservoir
Cherry Creek Reservoir
Cherry Knolls Pond
Chipeta Lakes SWA
City Park Lake (Denver)
Civic Center Park Lake (Thornton)
Clear Creek Pond
Community College Pond
Confluence Lake
Connected Lakes
Corn Lake
Cottonwood Lake (Pearl Parkway Boulder)
Cottonwood Glen Park (Fort Collins)
Cottonwood Park Lake (Kipling & Jewell)
Croke Reservoir
Crown Hill Lake
Dawn Pond
Denny Lake
DePoorter Lake
Dixon Reservoir
Doty Park Pond
Douglas Reservoir
Eastman Park
Ehrlich Lake
Elaine T. Valente Open Space
Elkhead Reservoir
Erie Lake
Exposition Park Pond
Faversham Park Pond
Fountain Creek Reg Park Ponds
Four Acre Lake Park (Garrison)
Frank SWA
Garfield Lake
Garland Park Lake (Lollipop Lake)
Gateway Pond
Lake Geneva
Golden Meadow Park (Ft. Collins)
Grandview Ponds
Grasmere Lake
Greenbriar Park Lake
Harper Lake
Harriman Lake
Harvey Gap Reservoir
Harvey Park Lake - Riviera - Ward #5
Heinricy Lake
Holbrook Reservoir
Home Lake
Horseshoe Reservoir (Lathrop SP)
Horsetooth Reservoir
Hugo SWA Ponds
Hunters Glen Lake
Huston Park Lake
Hyland Ponds
Izaak Walton Pond
Jackson Lake
Jerry Creek Reservoirs
Jim Baker Reservoir
Johnstown Reservoir
Jumbo Annex (Red Lion SWA)
Jumbo Reservoir (Julesburg)
Ken Mitchell Park Pond
Kendrick Reservoir
Kingfisher Point Ponds
Kinney Lake SWA
KOA Lake
Lagerman Reservoir
Lambertson Lake
Lon Hagler Reservoir
Lonetree Reservoir
Louisville (Warembourg) Fishing Pond
Loveland Service Center Pond
Lowell Ponds
Mack Mesa Lake
Main Reservoir
Martin Lake
Maxwell Lake
McCall Lake
McKay Lake
McMurry Ponds
Mead Ponds
Meadow Park Lake
Mike Higbee SWA (Clay Creek Pond)
Milavec Reservoir
Lake Minnequa
Monument Lake (El Paso County)
Narraguinnep Reservoir
Navajo Reservoir
Nee Gronda Reservoir
North Lake Park Pond
North Shields Ponds
North Sterling Reservoir
Olney Springs
Otero Pond
Overland Trail Park Pond
Palmer Lake
Pastorius Reservoir
Pella Crossing
Pikeview Reservoir
Pomona Lake #2
Portner Reservoir (Fossil Creek)
Poudre Ponds
Prewitt Reservoir
Promontory Point Park Ponds
Prospect Lake (Colorado Springs)
Prospect Park Lakes (Wheatridge)
Prospect Ponds (FC)
Pueblo Reservoir
Quail Lake
Queens Reservoir
Ramah Reservoir
Redstone Park Pond
Rifle Gap Reservoir
Rio Blanco Lake
River's Edge and Jayhawker Ponds
Riverbend Ponds
Roberts Lake
Rocky Mountain Arsenal
Rogers Grove - Fairgrounds Lake
Rolland Moore Park Pond (Fort Collins)
Rotella Park Pond
Runyon-Fountain Lakes
Salisbury Park
Sheldon Lake (City Park)
Siena Reservoir
Simpson Ponds SWA
Sloan Lake
Smith Lake - Washington Park
Smith Reservoir (Lakewood)
Spratt-Platte Lake
St. Vrain State Park (Barbour Ponds)
Stalker Lake
Standley Lake
Stearns Lake
Stew Case Park Pond
Summit Reservoir
Tamarack Ranch Pond
Thomas Reservoir
Thornton Gravel Ponds #2 & #3
Thornton Rec Ctr Lake (Carpenter)
Thurston Reservoir
Timnath Reservoir
Tom Frost Reservoir
Totten Lake
Trinidad Reservoir
Troutman Park (Fort Collins)
Turks Pond
Two Buttes Reservoir
Union Reservoir
Valco Ponds (North Gateway Park)
Walden Ponds
Waneka Lake
Webster Lake
West Lake (GJ)
Westfield Park
Westminster City Park Pond
Windsor Lake
Wonderland Lake
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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 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!


Bluegill in Colorado

From the Colorado DOW:
This sunfish has a short and deep body. As with all sunfish, the dorsal (top) fin is not split. The bluegill has a small mouth on a short head and a dark gill flap with no trim. There are parallel vertical bars on the side with long, pointed pectoral (side) fins. A male bluegill in breeding colors has brilliant blue fins and a red-orange stomach. The female bluegill is dark on the back with vertical stripes on the body. Bluegills are best caught in the morning or evening using small tackle ranging from a bobber and worm to delicate dry flies. Once one bluegill is located, others will be nearby. Bluegill spawn in colonies from late spring to August, building nests on gravel, sand, mud, leaves, or sticks in 1-4 feet of water. As summer heat becomes extreme, these fish move to deeper water and the shade of weed beds. On Green Sunfish: This fish is similar in appearance to the bluegill, but has a larger mouth and is olive in color with short, rounded pectoral fins and yellow trim on the fins. This stocky fish is found in both streams and impoundments and spawns in shallow areas from June to mid-August. Like most sunfish, this sporty panfish can be taken with crickets, worms, and other bait rigged under a bobber, or with small lures, jigs, and flies.

Bluegill in Colorado can grow large and are plentiful in numerous ponds and lakes throughout the state.  

State records

Kept            11.5 inches, 2 lb 4 oz   
Released  12.5 inches.

Colorado Master Angler Award qualifying length for bluegill is 10 inches. 

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