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#476073 - 07/14/17 06:01 PM Bluegill spawning
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Registered: 08/10/15
Posts: 71
Loc: Wisconsin
I stocked my pond last fall with BG and I am worried that they are not spawning. I have not seen any nests and i believe the fry I'm seeing is FHM. Some of the BG are pushing 8 inches so size isn't a problem. Is it possible that BG can't spawn in chara? My pond is .5 acres and has chara everywhere except the middle. Thanks in advance.

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#476094 - 07/15/17 08:26 AM Re: Bluegill spawning [Re: ThePondDragon]
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Registered: 09/19/14
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Loc: Harrison Co. Texas
I have never seen a bg nest in my pond which is now 2 and a half yrs old with lots and lots of bg in it and I see a lot of bg fry during spawning times. I bet they are or will be spawning.


Edited by TGW1 (07/15/17 08:49 AM)
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#476101 - 07/15/17 11:00 AM Re: Bluegill spawning [Re: ThePondDragon]
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Thanks TGW1. Does anyone have a picture of BG fry so i know what to look for?

Good news! found a nesting male just 4 feet from shore.


Edited by ThePondDragon (07/15/17 03:52 PM)
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#476144 - 07/16/17 07:02 AM Re: Bluegill spawning [Re: ThePondDragon]
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Sorry, I have no picture but they look just like a bg but smaller. Easy to tell between them and a fathead minnow and not so easy when comparing a red ear, But when they reach the 1/2" size, it is fairly easy to tell because some will have those bg markings. Maybe someone else will post up a picture for u.
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#476234 - 07/17/17 11:42 AM Re: Bluegill spawning [Re: ThePondDragon]
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#476258 - 07/17/17 03:25 PM Re: Bluegill spawning [Re: ThePondDragon]
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Registered: 08/10/15
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Loc: Wisconsin
Thanks for the nest pic ewest I'm just worried because i don't have that type of flat sand beds for BG spawning. I guess I'll just have to wait and see if they are successful.
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#476260 - 07/17/17 03:34 PM Re: Bluegill spawning [Re: ThePondDragon]
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Registered: 08/12/16
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Loc: Iowa
for what its worth...I transferred almost 50 7-9.5" bluegills to my pond with 2/3 of those being males. I haven't seen any of those males on beds this spring-summer while all of my native 4-6" bluegills are spawning like crazy.

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#476266 - 07/17/17 04:16 PM Re: Bluegill spawning [Re: ThePondDragon]
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Registered: 08/10/15
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Loc: Wisconsin
These are the fry i have all over the shallows. It would be great if they were all BG but i want a second opinion before i become to ecstatic.
I apologize for the size i had to make it fit under 2mb


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#476273 - 07/17/17 04:58 PM Re: Bluegill spawning [Re: ThePondDragon]
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Loc: Paris, TX
Looks like BG to me, but that one is pretty small.
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#476275 - 07/17/17 05:19 PM Re: Bluegill spawning [Re: ThePondDragon]
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Registered: 08/10/15
Posts: 71
Loc: Wisconsin
They are that's why i was skeptical, but on close inspection it has dorsal spines so it isn't a FHM which was the only other suspect
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#476280 - 07/17/17 09:38 PM Re: Bluegill spawning [Re: ThePondDragon]
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Sunfish fry for sure, if all you have in the pond are BG then that's what they are. At that size it's hard tell the difference between different types of sunfish.

Here is a picture of a BG fry from my dad's old pond.



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