Coppernose Bluegill

The Coppernose Bluegill

Coppernose Bluegill fishing

Florida Fish and Wildlife photo

The coppernose bluegill is a fantastic fish, whether found in the wild, or kept in your stocked pond or lake for fishing, Are you interested in introducing this fish to your stocked pond or lake? Or, do you want to know how to identify it the next time you are on a fishing trip? Either way, this article can help you. Here, we will discuss identification, habitat, uses, where to buy these bluegill, and caring for them in captivity.

How to Identify

Coppernose bluegill are incredibly easy to identify. Their body seems very round compared to other fish. Coppernose bluegill also have a small mouth, so they eat small meals. The most common tell-tale sign of a coppernose bluegill is that of a dark splotch a bit behind their eye, at or near their soft dorsal fin. These fish are normally a green or brown color, with a very pronounced vertical line bar pattern in their scales. Males are easier to identify than females because of their distinctive red-orange fins that are tipped with a thin white margin. Males also have a band of copper colored scales across their nose, hence their common name.

Where Do Coppernose Bluegill Thrive?

Coppernose Bluegill are found in the more extreme southeastern climate. They are often found in fresh water lakes, rivers, and ponds in areas with lots of vegetation, or places in which they can hide, like logs. Coppernose bluegill have a diet of grubs, worms, and insects in the wild, but they will easily switch over to fish food when stocked in lakes or ponds. As a species, coppernose prefer warmer waters than common bluegill. They can also grow larger than native bluegill, and can spawn up to five times per season.

What Are They Commonly Used For?

Coppernose Bluegill are commonly used for stocking ponds. In this role, they can be game fish themselves, or serve as an important foraging fish for more desirable fish, such as bass and pike. Coppernose bluegill are very easy to catch on their own. Many find them good as a panfish for frying when they reach a large enough size.

Where to Buy  the Copper Nose Bluegill

Coppernose bluegill are available from many fisheries online and in your local area. Most fisheries can ship them directly to you.

Photo of coppernose bluegill, e_monk

Photo of coppernose bluegill, e_monk

However, before ordering, you want to be sure that they could not only survive in your lake or pond, but that they could also reach their full potential. Normally, coppernose bluegill are stocked in a pond or lake along with other fish. They make perfect foraging fish, as their mouths are small, even when fully grown. For more information, ask the fishery you are ordering from.

Caring for Your Stocked Pond Coppernose Bluegill

Caring for these bluegill in your stocked pond is very easy. Although they normally eat insects, grubs, and worms, they take very easily to eating fish food. You can feed them in one centralized area, or in several areas. You can even supplement your fish food, once they begin eating it, with a few pieces of store-bought bread. It is good to stock a variety of sizes of coppernose bluegill so you can have forage fish for your other fish, all while keeping a solid breeding population within your pond or lake. Normally, anything above 10 inches serves as a great breeding population.

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