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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.
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(Animals) a common North American freshwater sunfish, Lepomis macrochirus: an important food and game fish
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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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The tactics required to catch big bluegill in hot August weather are somewhat different that those of the spring.
Officially the centrarchid family of fishes, sunfish are relatively small carnivorous freshwater fishes such as bluegill, shell-cracker, warmouth, both black and white crappie, green sunfish, redear sunfish, and black bass.
The sensation is such a rush, few anglers are content to experience it only once -- whether an eight-ounce bluegill or eight-hundred-pound bluefin tuna is on the bait end.
In an exhaustive and seminal series of field and laboratory studies, Lemly & Esch (1983, 1984a,b) demonstrated the regulatory effect exerted by the metacercariae of the strigeid trematode, Uvulifer ambloplitis on a population of its bluegill 2nd intermediate host.
I still lose a lot to the bluegill. But then again, I've found more to do than just fish.
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.
The hit-spit of a bluegill the cottonwood seeds small
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.
We first compared relative abundances of age-0 carp and four common native fishes: age-0 bluegill Lepomis macrochirus, black crappie Pomoxis nigromaculatus, and yellow perch Perea Jlavescens and adult orangespotted sunfish Lepomis humilis.