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n. pl. bluegill or blue·gills
An edible sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus) of North American lakes and streams, having a dark spot on the dorsal fin.


(Animals) a common North American freshwater sunfish, Lepomis macrochirus: an important food and game fish



a bluish freshwater sunfish, Lepomismacrochirus, of the Mississippi River valley.
[1880–85, Amer.]
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Noun1.bluegill - important edible sunfish of eastern and central United Statesbluegill - important edible sunfish of eastern and central United States
freshwater bream, bream - any of various usually edible freshwater percoid fishes having compressed bodies and shiny scales; especially (but not exclusively) of the genus Lepomis
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Elsewhere, look for bluegill around docks, bridge pilings, lay-downs and culverts.
There also are bluegill, redear, catfish, gar, mudfish, black crappie and Seminole killifish.
Bluegill sunfish have provided an unusually tidy test of the much-discussed prediction that animal dads' diligence in child care depends on how certain they are that the offspring really are their own.
Although that weed edge which held good bluegill for two or three weeks last spring might still be productive, it could just as easily be void of activity in the fall.
In ranking individual species, anglers fished for bluegill most often, with 61 percent naming them a favorite.
It took a while for a big bluegill to eat the cricket .
Several different forms of fall forage are available for the smallmouth bass in Lake Pickwick, including gizzard shad, threadfin shad, crayfish, minnows, small bluegill, and sunfish.
It turned out to be one of the largest bluegill I've ever caught, and I was careful as I filleted the meat out later that evening to get every bit that I could--bluegills are mighty tasty, if you can get enough of them.
In the present study, effects of genotype-temperature interactions on sex determination in bluegill sunfish were further investigated, based on our previous results, using four geographic strains: Hebron, Jones, Hocking, and Missouri.
We provide a checklist of the common parasites of bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) and redbreast sunfish (Lepomis auritus) collected from eight creeks within an urban watershed located in Columbus, Georgia.
The substrates and structures will provide a foundation for the establishment of desirable plants, algae and macroinvertebrates as well as resting and foraging habitat for largemouth bass, yellow bullhead, bluegill, green sunfish and other fish.