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Bluegill - popular among anglers

By Francis Skalicky Missouri Department of Conservation
Posted 6/12/24

Bluegill may not be the largest fish you’ll find in area streams and ponds, but in terms of popularity, they’re high on the lists of many Ozark anglers. This is the time of year many Ozarkers add fishing for bluegill to their list of favored pastimes because now is when we’re getting into the primary spawning period for this member of the sunfish family. In terms of length (up to 10 inches) and weight (usually around 12 ounces or less), bluegill might be considered rather small in comparison with other species area anglers like to catch (crappie, bass, etc.). However, the fish’s fighting ability and the tastiness of its filets are two reasons this species is so popular among anglers.

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