About the Coppernose Bluegill
- Fast growing
- Accepts pelleted feed
- Available as 2-inch fingerlings or 3- to 4-inch intermediates
The coppernose bluegill is a subspecies of the common bluegill. It is not a hybrid. Native to Florida and southeast Georgia, it has a range similar to that of the Florida largemouth bass.
The coloration of the coppernose differs from that of the common bluegill. Its name comes from the copper band that runs across the head of the fish, which is more pronounced in the colorful males of the species. These fish also have vertical bars, fins that have a yellowish tint and a pencil white line on the margins of the fins.
The coppernose bluegill grow faster and eat pelleted feed more readily than the common bluegill. With proper management and stocking, it is possible for them to reach sizes in excess of 2 pounds.
Coppernose bluegill are available as fingerlings (1-2") for stocking new ponds or as intermediates (3-4") for restocking existing ponds.