MARTINO: Bluegills remain Hoosier State’s most popular fish | Sports

The small orange and yellow bobber twitched once before disappearing below the olive green surface.

After a brief battle, another multi-colored bluegill laid shimmering across my palm. After carefully twisting the gold hook from its mouth it was dropped into the livewell where it joined a dozen others. It is a scene played over and over each season by thousands, if not millions of other anglers each year. The only difference may be choice of bobber or bait.

The bluegill is one species every angler has sought one time or another. When speaking of bluegills we are basically talking about members of the sunfish family which include redears, pumpkinseeds and green sunfish.

For many, they are a constant endeavor for several reasons. First, they have saved the day on many outings, especially when mid-summer weather turns premier species like black bass and walleyes sluggish. You can always resort to catching a few bluegills.

Unlike their larger framed cousins, these little guys can be easier to catch than a cold in kindergarten class. A good-sized bluegill will measure about 8 inches with anything stretching over 10 considered a bull-gill. Second, nothing beats fresh-caught sunfish when fried to succulent deliciousness.

When it comes to a favorite fish, very little has changed over the past 40 years in the minds of Hoosier anglers. This was concreted with the results of last year’s survey of licensed anglers recently released by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The results revealed that bluegills still remain king as the fish species most often pursued in the Hoosier State. Next in line were largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappies and channel catfish.

The survey also showed that most anglers prefer fishing private ponds, small rivers and streams and the many natural lakes which dot the northeast portion of the state.


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