Bluegill are quite possibly the perfect forage fish and are very important for maintaining a good food chain. Customers often express concern regarding bluegill over population. Any fish, if not stocked and managed properly, can take over. Bluegill are very important for maintaining a good food chain. Late winter months will find female bluegill egged up and ready to spawn once the water gets to the mid 60°'s. Like bass bucks, the male bluegills make a spawning bed in two or three feet of water, often in the same place every year. More than one female could come to the nest and lay eggs, which the male will fertilize as she lays them. It is possible for .females to lay eggs more than once a year. Typically the larger adults will spawn in late May and early June. The smaller bluegill will spawn later in the summer. Bluegill that were not old enough to develop eggs over the winter, will grow and become mature and spawn later in the summer. This is why you may see bluegill fry very late in the summer right in to fall. This is why bluegill make the perfect forage fish. Adult bluegill can reach sizes of 10 or 11 inches but are often caught at the eight to nine inch range. I encourage pond owners to put size limits on the bluegills at seven to eight inches. You will have plenty of large breeders to create a good food chain, and also have some nice size bluegills to catch and eat. A fact that most people don't know is that bluegill do a very good job of maintaining or controlling the bass population as bass fry under two inches in size are on their menu.
If you plan on harvesting fish from your pond, set up a guideline to follow as in how small a fish can be taken. This will help ensure you maintain a good base for reproduction. A good fisherman can ruin a good pond in a few weeks of fishing. For Bluegill, a good size for harvesting would be 7 inches and up.
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