The Bluegill is a favorite with kids and adults alike, and is probably the best-known member of the sunfish family. The only drawback with this species is its tendency to overpopulate.
You must maintain a stable population of Largemouth Bass to keep the Bluegill in balance (not an over-population...see the LAREGEMOUTH BASS STUNTING article for details). And when you harvest the Bluegill, you should keep the most abundant size class, not the biggest ones. When this is done, Bluegill can have tremendous growth rates and provide many meals for the fisherman.
Bluegill feed on a wide variety of organisms, and they will take fish pellets if trained. We recommend stocking 100-200 per surface acre if no Bass are present, or 300-500 per surface acre if stocked in combination with Bass. 4-6" stocked in the spring will almost certainly spawn that same year, but 2-4" may or may not.
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