OTS Coppernose Bluegill

OTS (Overton's Texas Strain) Coppernose Bluegill were developed here at Overton Fisheries with the help of George Glazener, and are considered to be one of our special  "signature stockers".  Glazener provided us with some very high quality stockers, chosen based on their pure coppernose traits, such as yellow/orange/red caudal fins, white border along caudal fin, fewer vertical bars, pronounced copper nose on mature males.  We continue to maintain these pure OTS genetics for our coppernose bluegill breeding program. Thanks again, George Glazener.   

 

Coppernose Bluegill

Coppernose Bluegill are a subspecies of bluegill, in the sunfish family, and are native to south-eastern portions of the states.  The coppernose bluegill is considered to be the #1 choice across the south as a baitfish species, but they are also considered a sport fish because they typically reach max 1-2lbs in size with proper conditions and management.

Largemouth bass will eat a variety of live fish, but bluegill are particularly important in ponds and small lakes because they reproduce throughout the warm months, achieve a size allowing them long term survival, and exhibit multiple spawning each season. This furnishes a continual supply of different size forage. Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) spawn when temperatures reach 75ºF and continue until water temperatures cool in the fall. Bluegill mature at 3 inches in length, with females capable of laying between 10,000 and 60,000 eggs per spawn. Young bluegill feed primarily on plankton switching to a diet of insects and other small aquatic life as their size increases. They seldom stray far from shore and prefer structures such as weed beds, fallen timber, etc. Bluegill are a good forage fish for largemouth bass, because they do not compete heavily with largemouth bass for forage. In general they are found in the same habitats as largemouth bass, and therefore are easily located. Bluegill have a very high fecundity so they have the ability to produce relatively large numbers of offspring.

Stocking rate is typically 500-1000 per acre.  Make sure to stock coppernose bluegill along with a top end predator to control their population and prevent stunting.  Coppernose Bluegill are available as small 1-3" fish for stocking new fisheries and mature 3-6" or 6"+ fish for stocking new or existing fisheries.