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OTS Coppernose Bluegill - Overton Fisheries Signature Strain

Our unique OTS Coppernose Bluegill have a story behind them.  By combining the genetics from some of George Glazener's coppernose bluegill with some of the best from our existing fish farm stock, we have produced some high quality pure coppernose bluegill genetics.  The breeding stock for these genetics are chosen based on certain characteristics.  Males are chosen based on the presence of pronounced orange or red caudal fin with white tipping, exaggerated copper bar across the nose, few vertical bars, bull head.  Females are chosen based on evidence of pure coppernose traits plus body condition i.e. egg mass bulge.  These OTS Coppernose Bluegill will breed true in your fishery year after year.  The males are beautiful and can grow up to 1.5-2lbs. The females have tremendous reproductive potential and can start spawning as soon as they reach 3" size. 

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Coppernose Bluegill

The following common names are all part of the sunfish family, as are bluegill: Bream, brim, sun perch, sunfish, sunny, cherry bream, shellcracker, Georgia Bream, Goggle-eye, rock bass, branch perch, black perch, warmouth, just to name a few. These common names have gotten thrown around, transported from region to region, stretched, flawed, overused, abused, and mishandled. Let it be known that all the common names listed above represent fish in the sunfish family. Native and Coppernose bluegill are also known as bream, perch, sunny, and sun perch.

Although these are two different sub-species of bluegill, they are difficult to differentiate at a young age, and their biological properties are quite alike. A sub-specie is essentially the result of the same specie having adapted to more than one environment, taking on different physiological adaptations to suit their environments. For example, coppernose and native bluegill are capable of interbreeding and producing viable, sexually active offspring.

Largemouth bass will eat a variety of live fish, but bluegill are particularly important in ponds and small lakes because they reproduce throughout the warm months, achieve a size allowing them long term survival, and exhibit multiple spawning each season. This furnishes a continual supply of different size forage. Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) spawn when temperatures reach 75ºF and continue until water temperatures cool in the fall. Bluegill mature at 3 inches in length, with females capable of laying between 10,000 and 60,000 eggs per spawn. Young bluegill feed primarily on plankton switching to a diet of insects and other small aquatic life as their size increases. They seldom stray far from shore and prefer structures such as weed beds, fallen timber, etc. Bluegill are a good forage fish for largemouth bass, because they do not compete heavily with largemouth bass for forage. In general they are found in the same habitats as largemouth bass, and therefore are easily located. Bluegill have a very high fecundity so they have the ability to produce relatively large numbers of offspring.

Bluegill can be stocked with largemouth bass, blue or channel catfish, or by themselves. They can reach 1.5-2 lbs in weight, and they taste wonderful. Bluegill will eat a floating fish food.

Stocking rate is up to 1000 per acre for largemouth bass or hybrid striper production. Make sure to stock coppernose bluegill along with a top end predator to control their numbers.