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The Nonindigenous Occurrences section of the NAS species profiles has a new structure. The section is now dynamically updated from the NAS database to ensure that it contains the most current and accurate information. Occurrences are summarized in Table 1, alphabetically by state, with years of earliest and most recent observations, and the tally and names of drainages where the species was observed. The table contains hyperlinks to collections tables of specimens based on the states, years, and drainages selected. References to specimens that were not obtained through sighting reports and personal communications are found through the hyperlink in the Table 1 caption or through the individual specimens linked in the collections tables.




Lepomis macrochirus
Lepomis macrochirus
(Bluegill)
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Lepomis macrochirus Rafinesque, 1819

Common name: Bluegill

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Identification: Moyle (1976); Becker (1983); Page and Burr (1991); Jenkins and Burkhead (1994). Two subspecies: L. macrochirus mystacalis in Peninsular Florida, and L. m. macrochirus throughout the rest of the range (C. Gilbert, personal communication).

Size: 41 cm.

Native Range: St. Lawrence-Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins from Quebec and New York to Minnesota and south to the Gulf; Atlantic and Gulf Slope drainages from the Cape Fear River, Virginia, to the Rio Grande, Texas and New Mexico. Also in northern Mexico (Page and Burr 1991).

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Nonindigenous Occurrences:

Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Lepomis macrochirus are found here.

StateYear of earliest observationYear of last observationTotal HUCs with observations†HUCs with observations†
Arizona1934201327Aqua Fria; Bill Williams; Bouse Wash; Brawley Wash; Burro; Canyon Diablo; Imperial Reservoir; Lake Mead; Little Colorado Headwaters; Lower Colorado; Lower Colorado Region; Lower Gila; Lower Gila-Painted Rock Reservoir; Lower Lake Powell; Lower Salt; Lower San Pedro; Lower Santa Cruz; Lower Verde; Middle Gila; San Bernardino Valley; Tonto; Upper Gila; Upper Gila-San Carlos Reservoir; Upper Salt; Upper Santa Cruz; Upper Verde; Yuma Desert
California1891201473Aliso-San Onofre; California Region; Central Coastal; Clear Creek-Sacramento River; Cottonwood-Tijuana; Coyote; Crowley Lake; East Branch North Fork Feather; East Walker; Fresno River; Honcut Headwaters-Lower Feather; Honey-Eagle Lakes; Imperial Reservoir; Lake Tahoe; Los Angeles; Lower American; Lower Colorado; Lower Colorado; Lower Eel; Lower Klamath; Lower Pit; Lower Sacramento; Lower Sacramento; Middle Kern-Upper Tehachapi-Grapevine; Middle San Joaquin-Lower Chowchilla; Mojave; Monterey Bay; Newport Bay; North Fork American; Owens Lake; Pajaro; Paynes Creek-Sacramento River; Sacramento Headwaters; Sacramento-Stone Corral; Salinas; Salton Sea; San Antonio; San Diego; San Francisco Bay; San Gabriel; San Jacinto; San Joaquin; San Joaquin Delta; San Luis Rey-Escondido; San Pablo Bay; San Pedro Channel Islands; Santa Ana; Santa Barbara Coastal; Santa Clara; Santa Margarita; Santa Maria; Santa Monica Bay; Santa Ynez; Seal Beach; South Fork Kern; Suisun Bay; Surprise Valley; Tomales-Drake Bays; Tulare Lake Bed; Upper Cache; Upper Calaveras California; Upper Cosumnes; Upper Deer-Upper White; Upper Kaweah; Upper Kern; Upper Klamath; Upper Pit; Upper Putah; Upper Sacramento; Upper Stony; Upper Tule; Upper Yuba; Ventura
Colorado1925200932Animas; Big Thompson; Cache La Poudre; Colorado Headwaters; Colorado Headwaters-Plateau; Fountain; Horse; Huerfano; Lower Gunnison; Lower White; Lower Yampa; McElmo; Middle South Platte-Cherry Creek; Middle South Platte-Sterling; North Fork Republican; Piedra; Purgatoire; Republican; Rio Grande Headwaters; Rush; San Luis; South Fork Republican; South Platte; St. Vrain; Upper Arkansas; Upper Arkansas-John Martin Reservoir; Upper Arkansas-Lake Meredith; Upper Cimarron; Upper Dolores; Upper San Juan; Upper South Platte; Upper Yampa
Connecticut194020138Housatonic; Lower Connecticut; New England Region; Pawcatuck-Wood; Quinnipiac; Saugatuck; Shetucket; Thames
Delaware197019987Brandywine-Christina; Broadkill-Smyrna; Choptank; Delaware Bay; Mid Atlantic Region; Nanticoke; Upper Chesapeake
District of Columbia199920101Middle Potomac-Anacostia-Occoquan
Hawaii194620054Hawaii; Kauai; Maui; Oahu
Idaho1940201133American Falls; Beaver-Camas; Blackfoot; Boise-Mores; Brownlee Reservoir; C.J. Strike Reservoir; Clearwater; Coeur d'Alene Lake; Idaho Falls; Kootenai; Lake Walcott; Lemhi; Little Wood; Lower Bear; Lower Bear-Malad; Lower Boise; Lower Kootenai; Lower Snake-Asotin; Middle Bear; Middle Kootenai; Middle Snake-Boise; Middle Snake-Succor; Moyie; North Fork Payette; Palouse; Payette; Pend Oreille Lake; Spokane; Teton; Upper Snake; Upper Snake-Rock; Upper Spokane; Weiser
Kansas1969201424Big; Buckner; Chikaskia; Coon-Pickerel; Gar-Peace; Lower Saline; Lower South Fork Solomon; Lower Walnut Creek; Medicine Lodge; Middle Arkansas-Lake McKinney; Middle Smoky Hill; Ninnescah; North Fork Ninnescah; North Fork Smoky Hill; Pawnee; Rattlesnake; Smoky Hill Headwaters; South Fork Ninnescah; Upper Cimarron-Bluff; Upper North Fork Solomon; Upper Saline; Upper Salt Fork Arkansas; Upper Smoky Hill; Upper Walnut Creek
Maine200020093Lower Kennebec; Piscataqua-Salmon Falls; Saco
Maryland1934201115Cacapon-Town; Chester-Sassafras; Conococheague-Opequon; Gunpowder-Patapsco; Lower Potomac; Lower Susquehanna; Middle Potomac-Anacostia-Occoquan; Middle Potomac-Catoctin; Monocacy; North Branch Potomac; Patuxent; Pokomoke-Western Lower Delmarva; Potomac; Severn; Upper Chesapeake
Massachusetts1700200817Blackstone; Cape Cod; Charles; Chicopee; Concord; Farmington; Gulf of Maine/Bay of Fundy; Housatonic; Merrimack; Merrimack River; Middle Connecticut; Miller; Narragansett; Nashua; New England Region; Quinebaug; Westfield
Michigan194919834Black-Presque Isle; Carp-Pine; Lake Superior; Ontonagon
Minnesota1955200812Big Fork; Clearwater; Lake Superior; Little Fork; Otter Tail; Rainy Headwaters; Rapid; Red Lake; Red Lakes; Roseau; Snake; St. Louis
Montana1933201244Battle; Beaver; Beaver; Big Horn Lake; Blackfoot; Boxelder; Cottonwood; Fort Peck Reservoir; Judith; Little Bighorn; Lodge; Lower Bighorn; Lower Milk; Lower Musselshell; Lower Powder; Lower Tongue; Lower Yellowstone; Lower Yellowstone; Lower Yellowstone-Sunday; Middle Kootenai; Middle Milk; Middle Musselshell; Middle Powder; Milk; Missouri Headwaters; Missouri-Poplar; Mizpah; Musselshell; O'Fallon; Prairie Elk-Wolf; Redwater; Rock; Rosebud; Tongue; Two Medicine; Upper Little Missouri; Upper Missouri; Upper Tongue; Upper Yellowstone; Upper Yellowstone; Upper Yellowstone-Lake Basin; Upper Yellowstone-Pompeys Pillar; Willow; Yellowstone Headwaters
Nebraska1967201331Calamus; Cedar; Frenchman; Harlan County Reservoir; Loup; Lower Elkhorn; Lower Lodgepole; Lower North Loup; Lower North Platte; Lower South Platte; Medicine; Middle Niobrara; Middle North Platte-Scotts Bluff; Middle Platte-Buffalo; Middle Platte-Prairie; Middle Republican; Missouri Region; Niobrara Headwaters; Red Willow; Snake; South Loup; Turkey; Upper Big Blue; Upper Elkhorn; Upper Little Blue; Upper Middle Loup; Upper Niobrara; Upper North Loup; Upper Republican; Upper White; West Fork Big Blue
Nevada1909200215Carson Desert; Central Lahontan; Fish Lake-Soda Spring Valleys; Havasu-Mohave Lakes; Hot Creek-Railroad Valleys; Imperial Reservoir; Lake Mead; Lower Humboldt; Northern Big Smoky Valley; Pyramid-Winnemucca Lakes; Ralston-Stone Cabin Valleys; Spring-Steptoe Valleys; Truckee; Upper Carson; White
New Hampshire1973200110Black-Ottauquechee; Contoocook; Merrimack River; Middle Connecticut; Miller; Nashua; Piscataqua-Salmon Falls; Waits; West; Winnipesaukee River
New Jersey1920201413Cohansey-Maurice; Crosswicks-Neshaminy; Great Egg Harbor; Hackensack-Passaic; Lower Delaware; Lower Hudson; Mid-Atlantic Region; Middle Delaware-Mongaup-Brodhead; Middle Delaware-Musconetcong; Mullica-Toms; Raritan; Rondout; Sandy Hook-Staten Island
New Mexico195720008Conchas; Mimbres; Rio Chama; Upper Canadian; Upper Canadian-Ute Reservoir; Upper Gila-Mangas; Upper San Juan; Upper San Juan
New York1970201315Black; Chenango; Hudson-Hoosic; Hudson-Wappinger; Lake Champlain; Lower Hudson; Middle Delaware-Mongaup-Brodhead; Middle Hudson; Mohawk; Oneida; Owego-Wappasening; Rondout; Schoharie; Upper Susquehanna; Upper Susquehanna
North Carolina1947201524Albemarle; Chowan; Contentnea; Fishing; Lower Dan; Lower Neuse; Lower Roanoke; Lower Tar; Meherrin; Middle Neuse; Middle Roanoke; Neuse; New River; Nottoway; Pamlico; Pamlico Sound; Roanoke; Roanoke Rapids; Upper Cape Fear; Upper Dan; Upper Neuse; Upper New; Upper Tar; White Oak River
North Dakota1965200518Apple; Cedar; Devils Lake-Sheyenne; Goose; James Headwaters; Lake Sakakawea; Lower Cannonball; Lower Heart; Lower Sheyenne; Middle Sheyenne; North Fork Grand; Painted Woods-Square Butte; Pipestem; Upper Heart; Upper James; Upper Pembina River; Western Wild Rice; Willow
Oklahoma1926201019Chikaskia; Cimarron Headwaters; Coldwater; Elm Fork Red; Lower Beaver; Lower Canadian-Deer; Lower Cimarron-Eagle Chief; Lower Cimarron-Skeleton; Lower Salt Fork Arkansas; Lower Salt Fork Red; Lower Wolf; Middle Beaver; Middle North Canadian; Middle North Fork Red; Upper Beaver; Upper Cimarron-Liberal; Upper Salt Fork Arkansas; Upper Washita; Washita Headwaters
Oregon1905201351Alsea; Applegate; Brownlee Reservoir; Bully; Clackamas; Coast Fork Willamette; Coos; Coquille; Goose Lake; Illinois; Klamath; Lost; Lower Columbia; Lower Columbia-Clatskanie; Lower Columbia-Sandy; Lower Crooked; Lower Deschutes; Lower John Day; Lower Malheur; Lower Owyhee; Lower Rogue; Lower Willamette; Middle Columbia-Hood; Middle Columbia-Lake Wallula; Middle Rogue; Middle Snake-Payette; Middle Snake-Succor; Middle Willamette; Molalla-Pudding; Necanicum; Nehalem; North Umpqua; Pacific Northwest; Siletz-Yaquina; Siltcoos; Siuslaw; South Santiam; South Umpqua; Tualatin; Umatilla; Umpqua; Upper Deschutes; Upper Grande Ronde; Upper John Day; Upper Klamath Lake; Upper Malheur; Upper Rogue; Upper Willamette; Willow; Wilson-Trusk-Nestuccu; Yamhill
Pennsylvania1966200224Bald Eagle; Conococheague-Opequon; Crosswicks-Neshaminy; Lehigh; Lower Juniata; Lower Susquehanna; Lower Susquehanna; Lower Susquehanna-Penns; Lower Susquehanna-Swatara; Lower West Branch Susquehanna; Middle Delaware-Mongaup-Brodhead; Middle West Branch Susquehanna; Owego-Wappasening; Raystown; Schuylkill; Sinnemahoning; Susquehanna; Upper Delaware; Upper Juniata; Upper Susquehanna; Upper Susquehanna-Lackawanna; Upper Susquehanna-Tunkhannock; Upper West Branch Susquehanna; West Branch Susquehanna
Puerto Rico191520075Cibuco-Guajataca; Culebrinas-Guanajibo; Eastern Puerto Rico; Puerto Rico; Southern Puerto Rico
Rhode Island199119963Narragansett; New England Region; Pawcatuck-Wood
South Dakota1949200128Angostura Reservoir; Bad; Bois De Sioux; Cheyenne; Elm; Fort Randall Reservoir; Grand; Lac Qui Parle; Lake Thompson; Little White; Lower Belle Fourche; Lower James; Lower Lake Oahe; Lower Moreau; Medicine; Medicine Knoll; Middle Cheyenne-Elk; Middle Cheyenne-Spring; Middle James; Mud; North Fork Snake; Ponca; Snake; Turtle; Upper James; Upper Moreau; Vermillion; West Missouri Coteau
Texas195120166Beals; Lake Meredith; Middle Canadian-Spring; North Fork Double Mountain Fork Brazos; Upper Prairie Dog Town Fork Red; Upper Salt Fork Red
Utah1890201520Dirty Devil; Duchesne; Escalante; Little Bear-Logan; Lower Bear-Malad; Lower Green-Diamond; Lower Lake Powell; Lower San Juan; Lower San Juan-Four Corners; Lower Sevier; Lower Weber; Lower White; Middle Bear; San Pitch; San Rafael; Southern Great Salt Lake Desert; Upper Colorado-Kane Springs; Upper Lake Powell; Upper Virgin; Utah Lake
Vermont198620164Mettawee River; Missiquoi River; White; Winooski River
Virginia1916201444Albemarle; Appomattox; Banister; Blackwater; Chincoteague; Chowan; Conococheague-Opequon; Eastern Lower Delmarva; Great Wicomico-Piankatank; Hampton Roads; James; Lower Chesapeake; Lower Dan; Lower James; Lower Potomac; Lower Rappahannock; Lynnhaven-Poquoson; Mattaponi; Maury; Meherrin; Middle James-Buffalo; Middle James-Willis; Middle New; Middle Potomac-Anacostia-Occoquan; Middle Potomac-Catoctin; Middle Roanoke; North Fork Shenandoah; Nottoway; Pamunkey; Potomac; Rapidan-Upper Rappahannock; Rivanna; Roanoke; Roanoke Rapids; Shenandoah; South Branch Potomac; South Fork Holston; South Fork Shenandoah; Upper Dan; Upper James; Upper New; Upper Roanoke; Upper Yadkin; York
Washington1891201146Banks Lake; Chief Joseph; Colville; Deschutes; Duwamish; Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake; Grays Harbor; Hood Canal; Lake Chelan; Lake Washington; Lewis; Little Spokane; Lower Chehalis; Lower Columbia-Clatskanie; Lower Columbia-Sandy; Lower Cowlitz; Lower Crab; Lower Skagit; Lower Snake; Lower Snake; Lower Snake-Tucannon; Lower Spokane; Lower Yakima; Middle Columbia-Hood; Middle Columbia-Lake Wallula; Nisqually; Nooksack; Okanogan; Pacific Northwest Region; Palouse; Puget Sound; Puyallup; San Juan Islands; Similkameen; Snohomish; Strait of Georgia; Upper Chehalis; Upper Columbia-Entiat; Upper Columbia-Priest Rapids; Upper Crab; Upper Spokane; Upper Yakima; Walla Walla; Wenatchee; Willapa Bay; Yakima
West Virginia199320017Cacapon-Town; Conococheague-Opequon; Greenbrier; James; Lower New; Middle New; Potomac
Wisconsin198319834Bad-Montreal; Beartrap-Nemadji; Southwestern Lake Superior; St. Louis
Wyoming197019946Big Horn; Lower Wind; Powder; Upper Belle Fourche; Upper Cheyenne; Upper Green-Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Table last updated 9/20/2018

† Populations may not be currently present.


Means of Introduction: Intentional stocking for sportfishing.

Status: Established in most locations.

Impact of Introduction: In California, aggressive Bluegill outcompete native Sacramento perch Archoplites interruptus (Moyle et al. 1974; Moyle 1976). Bluegill may chase Sacramento perch away from spawning areas and out of favored places, such as shallow weedy areas, and into open water (Moyle 1976). Once in open water, the perch are more vulnerable to predation and have less available food. Introduced predatory centrarchids are likely responsible for the decline of native ranid frogs in California, California tiger salamander Ambystoma californiense populations (Hayes and Jennings 1986; Dill and Cordone 1997), and the Chiricahua leopard frog Rana chiricahuensis in southeastern Arizona (Rosen et al. 1995).

Hybridizes with green sunfish, redear sunfish, redbreast sunfish, and warmouth (Scribner et al. 2001).

Remarks: Bluegill are commonly stocked as forage for largemouth bass in farm ponds. Because introduced California Bluegill are typically small, possibly due to a limited genetic background, the California Department of Fish and Game began introducing Bluegill from Florida in an effort to obtain a larger, faster-growing fish (Moyle 1976). Tyus et al. (1982) gave a distribution map of the this species in the upper Colorado basin.

References: (click for full references)

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Becker, G.C. 1983. Fishes of Wisconsin. University of Madison Press, Madison, WI.

Bradley, W. G. and J. E. Deacon. 1967. The biotic communities of southern Nevada. Nevada State Museum Anthropological Papers No. 13, Part 4. 201--273.

Dill, W.A., and A.J. Cordone. 1997. History and status of introduced fishes in California, 1871-1996. California Department of Fish and Game Fish Bulletin, volume 178.

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Hayes, M.P., and M.R. Jennings. 1986. Decline of ranid frog species in western North America: are bullfrogs (Rana catesbeiana) responsible? Journal of Herpetology 20(4):490-509.

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Tyus, H. M., B. D. Burdick, R. A. Valdez, C. M. Haynes, T. A. Lytle, and C. R. Berry. 1982. Fishes of the upper Colorado River basin: distribution, abundance, and status. Pages 12--70 in W. H. Miller, H. M. Tyus, and C. A. Carlson, editors. Fishes of the upper Colorado River system: present and future, Western Division, American Fisheries Society.

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