Photo © Dan James


Bluegill are found in cool to warm habitats in shallow vegetated areas of lakes, pounds and impoundments. They are found statewide and feeds on plankton, crustaceans, insects and small fishes.

Bluegill have a deep, laterally compressed body with a small mouth and head. The ear flap is black, long and flexible without a light colored margin. Their body is olive to brown on the back grading to a whitish yellow belly with generally faint vertical bars on the body. Mature males can have an intense orange breast. 

GFP is currently conducting a study on bluegill in northeast South Dakota.  More information regarding this project can be found on the Bluegill Population Research in Northeast South Dakota page.

Daily Limit: 


Limits apply to any comibination of sunfish.


MN/SD Border Waters: 10

Possession Limit: 


Proud Angler Qualifications: 

1 pound 

10 inches (releases fish only)