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Bluegill

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
50 panfish total (no more than 25 Bluegill)
Delaware Range
Statewide
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Abundant
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Bluegills live in many ponds, along with slow-moving areas of streams and rivers. They prefer water with many weeds.

They mainly feed on insects, but also consume crayfish, leeches, snails, and other small fishes.
General Description
The Bluegill is noted for the darkened ear flap. The sides of its head are a dark shade of blue.

Its body is dark green with 5 to 9 vertical bars, but these stripes are not always distinct. It has a yellowish breast and abdomen.

Large breeding Bluegill males darken, with the back and sides becoming purple-black.
Did You Know?
Bluegills are an introduced species to Delaware (meaning they are non-native).

Bluegills have the ability to travel and change directions at high speeds helping them escape predators very successfully.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Bluegills can be caught with artificial flies, small spinners, and small jigs.

Live bait often includes crickets, meal worms, small worms, and small minnows fished suspended under a bobber.
Typical Sizes Caught
Bluegills are commonly caught in the range of 6 to 7 inches in length by Delaware anglers.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Length: 10 inches (for Live Release Award only)
or
Weight: 1 pound
Delaware State Record
2 pounds 10 ounces
Arnold Harmon
1998