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Spawning Bluegill Fish

A few days ago I first noticed a change in the bottom of the community lake in the shallows near the shore.  The muck of sticks, decaying leaves and other natural debris was being swept aside and a circular pattern of clean gravel was showing.  The next day I looked at the same area and saw in each of the five such swept circular areas, there was a Bluegill fish circling around almost endlessly.  I believe that the fish are spawning and the area is used as their nest.  I took some pictures yesterday morning of the fish tending their nests.  I used a polarizing filter on my lens to help cut the glare of the water.  The fish were in about 3 feet of water.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Surface View of Bluegill Spawning Areas

Comments on: "Spawning Bluegill Fish" (7)

  1. Oh how interesting, Linda…. Keep checking and let us know what happens.

  2. Very good observations! Interesting!

    • Thanks for your comments, Montucky! I try to include a variety of different wildlife that I see here in my yard, the lake, the street where I live, and the neighborhood. I don’t want to just focus on birds or waterfowl.

  3. Great pictures! Seeing fish go through each stage of the spawn is very exciting. Watching how aggressively they protect their young when they hatch is by far the best part! Thanks for sharing!

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