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What Is A Hybrid Bluegill? Should I Put Them In My Pond? | Ponds & Lakes Q&A

What Is A Hybrid Bluegill? Should I Put Them In My Pond? What Is A Hybrid Bluegill? Should I Put Them In My Pond?

Richard – Sheridan, IL

Stocking up on fish for your pond can be fun and exciting, but if you’re thinking of adding bluegill, knowing some of the key differences between hybrid and regular bluegill will help you maintain a balanced pond.

Regular bluegill can grow to be anywhere between six and ten inches, and are olive green with an orange underbelly. They have uniform blue-black markings on the gills and fins, hence the name bluegill. The issue with regular bluegill is they reproduce quickly and can take over a pond very fast if there is not a suitable predator fish population keeping them in check. We recommend stocking your pond with hybrid bluegill to help prevent overpopulation.

Hybrid bluegill are a cross between male bluegill and female sunfish, which result in an 80%-90% of the population being reproduced male. This slows down fast reproduction by keeping the female population to a minimum. Do to their hybrid nature, they can also be slightly larger and have a bit more coloration to them than regular bluegill.

Whenever stocking any type of bluegill, keeping the population in check is key. To do this you must have the correct ratio of predator fish such as bass or walleye. We recommend a 3 to 1 ratio between prey and predator. This means for every 3 prey, you need one predator. For example, if you stock 150 bluegill you will want approximately 50 bass.

When stocking your pond with bluegill, use hybrid bluegill. They are still great for fishing and with these fish attractors, you’ll have plenty of action!

POND TALK: Have you ever had an overpopulation of bluegill in your pond? What did you do to keep the population in check?

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8 Responses

  1. Hey pondguy love wut ur doin here i show this blog to all my buddies who are total fishin maniacs lol!!!!!

  2. I stocked my pond in July of 2015 with hybrid bluegill. How long before I can fish for them?

    • Hi William – This depends on how large they were when you stocked them, available food source and location. Fish grow more rapidly when they are small and with abundant food source such as pellet food or minnows will grow even faster. If you are in a warmer climate where the fish do not go dormant this allows for more steady growth. Within a few seasons they should be at least 6″ and ready for fishing.

  3. I live in Grand Rapids. I have a pond that is around 8000 gallons. It seems to be getting full of algae. What can i do about this ? I will be scooping some out soon. The fish all look healthy. I don’t want to disturb them. Any Ideas ?

  4. I want to stock my pond with bass because they are a leech predator. All other means of eliminating the leeches have failed. But I was told that the VT state hatcheries do not stock bass and it’s illegal to transport them within the state without special permits. Where does one get them?

    P.S. – Are Bluegills or Sunfish leech predators?

    • Hello Lee,

      You may want to contact your Vermont State Dept for Natural Resources or Department of Environment Quality in regards to finding an approved source for game fish. Bluegills do eat leaches but they will most likely go after food sources that are more abundant or obvious to them first. A great way to combat leaches is to remove their habitat. They tend to burrow in mucky pond bottoms. If you notice you have an abundance of submerged debris and muck try raking your pond and applying some MuckAway to clear it up. Constant aeration also helps remove and prevent future muck accumulation.

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