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Blue Gill/Sun Fish

Sunfish

Family: Centrarchidae

Sunfishes and black basses are popular game and pan fishes. Included in this family are largemouth and smallmouth bass and many brightly-colored sunfishes. These species are deep-bodied and laterally flattened. Their spiny and rayed dorsal fins are broadly joined, and their bodies are covered with rough scales. The family is native to North America only, but the black basses and some of the sunfishes have been introduced into sites around the world. They are primarily found in ponds, lakes and larger streams and are present in all drainages in New York. Despite their use of slow-water habitats, it is not unusual to find individuals in pools in smaller streams as well. Although several species have been introduced to new drainages within the state, only two of the 14 species found in the state are exotic. The ranges of three of the native species are limited to a few ponds or streams, and consequently they are protected. One species is extirpated.

Fishing locations for Blue Gill/Sun Fish

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Black Lake

Black Lake ranks as the county’s top warm water lake. This water has received national... Read More

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Grasse River

The Grasse River, a tributary of the St. Lawrence River, is located entirely in St. Lawrence... Read More

Blue Gill/Sun Fish Catfish/Bullhead Crappies Largemouth Bass Muskellunge Northern Pike Perch Pumpkinseeds Rock Bass Smallmouth Bass Trout Walleyes

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Indian River

The Indian River originates in a neighboring county, but a portion of its water flows through St.... Read More

Blue Gill/Sun Fish Catfish/Bullhead Crappies Largemouth Bass Northern Pike Perch Pumpkinseeds Rock Bass Smallmouth Bass Walleyes

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Norwood Pond

Norwood Pond is a Raquette River reservoir located on the southwest side of the village of... Read More

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Raquette River

The Upper Raquette River has good bass fishing and fair angling for pike and walleye, but this... Read More

Blue Gill/Sun Fish Crappies Muskellunge Northern Pike Perch Pumpkinseeds Rock Bass Walleyes

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Raquette River Reservoirs

The construction of hydroelectric dams on the Raquette River created a series of eight reservoirs... Read More

Blue Gill/Sun Fish Catfish/Bullhead Crappies Largemouth Bass Muskellunge Northern Pike Perch Pumpkinseeds Rock Bass Smallmouth Bass Trout Walleyes

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St. Regis River

The St. Regis River originates in a neighboring county, but a portion of its water flows through... Read More

Blue Gill/Sun Fish Crappies Muskellunge Northern Pike Perch Pumpkinseeds Rock Bass Trout Walleyes

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Tooley Pond

Tooley Pond was acquired as part of the Champion International Purchase. This 46-acre pond has a... Read More

Blue Gill/Sun Fish Crappies Largemouth Bass Perch Pumpkinseeds Rock Bass

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Trout Lakes

Lake OzoniaSPECIAL REGULATIONS ALLOW FOR YEAR-ROUND ANGLING ON LAKE OZONIA. Lake Ozonia is... Read More

Blue Gill/Sun Fish Crappies Largemouth Bass Perch Pumpkinseeds Rock Bass Salmon Smallmouth Bass Trout

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Yellow, Grasse, and Pleasant Lakes

Yellow, Grasse, and Pleasant lakes are part of the Indian River Lakes system. With a maximum... Read More

Blue Gill/Sun Fish Crappies Largemouth Bass Northern Pike Perch Pumpkinseeds Rock Bass Smallmouth Bass Walleyes