Bluegills are generally found in slow moving or standing water
where there is plenty of vegetation or other shelter. They are a
pretty fish, green to brown on their backs and upper sides shading
into brown, orange, or pink with traces of vertical bars along their
bottom sides. The breast is yellow to copper-orange, and the sides
of their heads have metallic blue and green overtones. The large,
square-shaped, blue black gill flap and conspicuous dark blotch on
the back of the soft-rayed portion of their dorsal fins
distinguishes bluegills from their close relatives, the pumpkinseed.
Bluegills average four to ten inches in length.
Black Crappies provide good fishing
opportunities. Usually occurring in large schools, they can provide
fast and furious action for anglers. This is especially true in
early to mid-spring when large numbers gather prior to spawning.
And, like the rest of the sunfish family, black crappies make
a delicious meal.