Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)
Smith Creek Fish Farm is centrally located in Western New York about an hours drive from Buffalo and Rochester. The hatchery and retail pond supply outlet has seasonal hours for fish pickup and walk in customers. Our expert fish packers will oxygen bag your fish for easy, safe and stress-free transport. We do suggest bringing coolers or totes to to hold your bagged fish. Truck delivery of trout, game fish and forage is available in the WNY area, when orders meet our deliver minimums. We also safely ship, by UPS Next Day Air, many of our fish species including triploid grass carp and crayfish. Unfortunately we ONLY ship fish to New York addresses. All of our fish are 2020 NY DEC certified disease free and have been for more than 10 years.
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The Bluegill can be found in abundance throughout North American waters. It can be caught easily and is excellent table-fare. Commonly found around structures such as brush piles and weed beds, where it feeds almost exclusively on insects. It will readily take to a commercial fish food, which will enhance growth rates. Bluegill can be distinguished from other sunfish by the presence of a small mouth, long, pointed pectoral fins, and a dark spot on the dorsal fin. Bluegill begin to spawn in late spring and continue throughout the summer. The prolific reproductive habits of the bluegill make it the primary forage fish for predators such as the large mouth bass. One year old fish range in size from 1 to 4 inches and become sexually mature at 4 to 5 inches.