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