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The common length for bluegill is 7.5 inches (19.1 centimeters) with the maximum reported length being 16 inches (41 centimeters).

The name bluegill comes from the bluish region on the cheek and gill cover. They are a deep, slab-sided (tall and flat) fish with a small mouth. 

The heaviest published weight for a bluegill is 4 pounds 12 ounces (2.2 kilograms).

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.