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What is the difference between regular Bluegill and Hybrid Bluegill? | Ponds & Lakes Q&A


What is the difference between regular Bluegill and Hybrid Bluegill?

What is the difference between regular Bluegill and Hybrid Bluegill?

Dan – Toldeo, OH

Ask any thoroughbred Bluegill, and they’ll tell you there’s a huge difference. But the truth is, a Hybrid Bluegill is simply a cross between a Male Bluegill and a Female Sunfish. As it turns out, that combination produces a population that’s between 80% and 90% male.

There are effects of a predominantly male population. First – and most important – it slows down reproduction, which in turn prevents overpopulation. If left to their own devices, regular, non-hybrid Bluegills reproduce very quickly. Left unchecked, this means overcrowding – and all the negative ramifications that come with it. Also, with a predominantly male population, there’s also a natural tendency for fish not to ask directions. Fortunately, in a small, backyard pond, there’s really nowhere to get lost.

There are, however, some drawbacks to stocking your pond with hybrid Bluegills alone. Because reproduction is slower, natural cycles and predator fish may result in dwindling fish populations over time. In those situations, restocking with additional Bluegills and/or other feeder fish like minnows may be required every few years.

But for many ponds, hybrid Bluegills are an exceptional choice. Once they arrive, however, it’s important to make them feel welcome. We strongly recommend the use of Game Fish Food to satisfy hearty appetites. And for both predator protection and shade from the summer sun, our Fish Attractor Spheres are the perfect complement to your pond’s natural habitat.

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5 Responses

  1. We have Bluegill and as you’ve said they reproduce very quickly, so my husband decided to have strong population of predators to keep the Bluegill in check.

  2. I have hybrid bluegill and thye are huge (we catch and release). My problem is that they bite (quite painfully) swimmers. Anyone else with this problem? My wife wants them gone!

    • Yes Jeff we have hybrids too, but haven’t pinpointed that it’s them that are causing major problems. We’ve had 6 painful bites in the last week. I can’t find much at all on this issue, but we’re taking it very serious.

      • I live on a Lake in Michigan and we stocked hybrid bluegills a few years ago and are now having biting issues. From the research I have don’t it sounds like the offspring of the hybrids reproducing with normal bluegill and green sunfish cause the biting. Not sure if the hybrids themselves are to blame but based on what I have read it is their offspring that do the biting. It’s a real problem and the residents are not happy!

      • Hi Josh – What kind of predator population do you have in the pond? We recommend 3 prey fish to 1 predator. Do you do any feeding?

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