Originally Posted by mrl0004
Awesome! Sometimes pond fishing is really great, like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get.
As for the confusion caused by "bluegill" identification, you're probably better off calling them all bluegill! Around here we have longear sunfish, red breasted sunfish, bluegill, shellcracker, green sunfish, warmouth, rockbass and probably something else I'm forgetting. The problem is that most of these hybridize so easily that it can be quite a task to differentiate them as a singular species.
A good guide I found from TN is here: TWRA - Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - Sunfish Identification
It has several examples of each species and how the colors can be variable.
It is...I love the pond when I just have a quick hour to kill.
Originally Posted by bks
Originally Posted by Poke 'Em
All the different sunfish are actually separate species, not just separate subspecies.
Aren't they subspecies of the family Centrarchidae
? I have a rough intro to biology knowledge at best of this sort of thing....
Also, when I say that all of them are "bluegill" to me, I specifically mean the Lepomis