How to Determine the Gender of Bluegills

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Bluegill fish, which are sometimes called bluegill sunfish, sun perch or blue sunfish, feature bluish-green scales on both sides of its upper body and yellowish-orange scales on its belly. Its top fins feature sharp spikes that taper down to a rounded fin on its back. You can determine the gender of a bluegill by looking at its coloring. Making a gender determination regarding this fish may be helpful for breeding, especially if you plan to stock a pond and hope for the fish to reproduce.

  • Look at the bluegill fish's underbelly. This is located directly beneath its chin, toward the front section of the body.

  • Identify the bluegill as a male if the scales look bright orange.

  • Classify the bluegill as a female if the scales look pale yellow.

Tips & Warnings

  • Males feature predominantly more vibrant coloring than females.

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