Andrew LaVeau is the latest with an outstanding catch on the ice in Lake County with this bluegill of nearly 12 inches. He caught it in Lake County on a chartreuse jig tipped with a plastic.
“She fought so hard, I thought I had a giant crappie,” he messaged.
I wondered if it was a hybrid. But biologist Vic Santucci leaned toward bluegill because of the “all black operculum flap and long, pointy pectoral fins.”
A bluegill that size deserves a full-length view.
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