Juvenile Bluegill or Pumpkinseed Id
Posted 07 June 2014 - 10:32 PM
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Posted 09 June 2014 - 08:52 AM
I there a good way to tell the juvenile of these two species apart when you catch them fishing? Adults are are easy to tell, but when they are quite small (1-2"), before the Pumpkinseed color up, they look so similar to me. Any tricks? Pictures of very juvenile sunfish of each species would also be appreciated!
The local strains here in PA, I can see a difference in the color of the eyes, fins, and pattern. Your mileage may vary in WI. The pumpkinseed has orange or red in the eyes, lighter fin color, and the beginnings of a checked pattern. Pretty easy to see when you have a catch from a minnow trap side by side.
Posted 10 June 2014 - 12:29 PM
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Posted 07 July 2014 - 10:59 PM
Posted 09 July 2014 - 10:53 AM
Have you ruled out green sunfish? They often have a dark dorsal blotch, red eyes, a little red/orange on gill flap, and checkered body pattern.
Yes, for me Greenies are super easy to tell, because they just have an entirely different shape. Plus I have a green sunfish already, and used to have them in the past. I am pretty confident the fish are juvenile Pumpkinseed. They just must not show all the pretty colors at 1" and under. Everything else adds, up, ray counts, eye color, gill flaps, etc. And when my brother-in-law was fishing at our cottage, he caught quite a few juvenile bluegill, and they do look a little different.
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