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Little Anglers Land Big Fish

Out of the more than 1,000 people who visited the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens on National Fishing Day June 6, 65 boys and girls entered the fishing contest. Fishing in two divisions, age 11 and under and ages 12–17, five girls and three boys took home prizes for catching the biggest catfish. Winners in the 11 and under division were: First, Lorem Wofford, six, of Tyler, 3.58 pounds; second, Jo Micah, six, of Jacksonville, 3.42 pounds; third, Nicholas Lopes, six, of Athens, 3.22 pounds; and fourth, Haley Herriage, eight, of Athens, 2.56 pounds. In the 12–17 division, first place went to Tyler Pustejovsky, 12, of Waco, 2.68...
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Bluegill Fish Species Information

Scientific Fish Name: Lepomis macrochirus
Other Fish Species Names: bream, brim, or copper nose
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This sunfish has a short and deep body. As with all sunfish, the dorsal (top) fin is not split. The bluegill has a small mouth on a short head and a dark gill flap with no trim. There are parallel vertical bars on the side with long, pointed pectoral (side) fins. A male bluegill in breeding colors has brilliant blue fins and a red-orange stomach. The female bluegill is dark on the back with vertical stripes on the body. Bluegills are best caught in the morning or evening using small tackle ranging from a bobber and worm to delicate dry flies. Once one bluegill is located, others will be nearby. Bluegill spawn in colonies from late spring to August, building nests on gravel, sand, mud, leaves, or sticks in 1-4 feet of water. As summer heat becomes extreme, these fish move to deeper water and the shade of weed beds.


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