Posted by mike on May 04, 2001 at 16:17:00:
In Reply to: bream gender? posted by jimmy on May 01, 2001 at 19:33:39:
Male bluegill usually are darker in color, and the vertical stripes are more pronounced. The females will usually be lighter than the males, and the papillae will be redder than the males. Give the fish a gentle squeeze, horizontally from the abdomen, to the papillae and a female will run eggs if spawning, and the males will run milt. There are satellite males that aren't mature, that sometimes take on female characteristics to try to stay with a spawning group, but anyway, hope this helps you out.
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