Lake Barkley & Kentucky Lake Fish Species - Bluegill
KY State Record- 4 lbs. 3oz.
TN State Record- 3 lbs.
The bluegill is one of the most popular fish in Kentucky. For beginning anglers, it is usually the first fish they catch. Bluegills are found in most Kentucky waters, from small ponds to big lakes.
Common Names:Bream, sun perch, blue sunfish, copperbelly
Bluegills mainly eat underwater insects, small minnows, and small crustaceans. They feed all day long. Small mouth size limits the size of food particles ingested and almost dictates a diet of insects and similar small organisms. While insects remain the staple food item for adults, crayfish, snails, small fish, and fish eggs are also consumed.
SPORTING QUALITIES - Because of its willingness to take a variety of natural baits (e.g., crickets, grass shrimp, worms) and artificial lures (e.g., small spinners or popping bugs) during the entire year, its gameness when hooked, and its excellent food qualities, the bluegill is one of the more important sport fish the eastern United States.
EATING QUALITIES - Excellent; the flesh is white, flaky, firm and sweet. They are generally rolled in cornmeal or dipped in pancake batter before frying. Many rank the bluegill as the most delicious of all freshwater fish.Fun facts
Some anglers call these fish sunnies or 'gills. During the spring, when bluegills spawn in shallow water, anglers sometimes use polarized sunglasses to see through the water and find the fish's spawning beds.