Bluegill range in North America extends from Canada to northern Mexico. Bluegill can live up to 11 years with average lifespan of 5 to 8 years. Bluegill normally spawn in late spring through and early summer when water temperatures rise within the range of 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 26 degrees Celsius). A male bluegill will sweep or fan out a 6 to 12 inch diameter dish‐shaped nests. Bluegill are considered colony spawners, meaning 50 or more males may construct their nest in one location.