Illinois State Fish - Bluegill
Illinois State Fish


The Bluegill, designated as the official state fish of Illinois, is a sunfish species native to the state's abundant freshwater lakes, rivers, and ponds. Characterized by its striking blue and green coloring and a distinctive black spot on its gill cover, the Bluegill is a popular sportfish and an integral part of Illinois' recreational fishing culture. Renowned for its accessible fishing opportunities and delicious, mild-flavored fillets, the Bluegill embodies Illinois' commitment to preserving its natural resources and providing recreational enjoyment to its residents and visitors alike.

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