Here is an interesting development in the pond. My bluegills and bass are growing nicely and seem very excited to see me when I come to visit. I caught a 9-inch bass last week, the biggest I have seen yet, and some of the bluegills are 8 1/2 inches long and chubby due to the fish food pellets I throw out for them.
What I have noticed in the last month is that I am seeing a few bluegills who have turned black. At first there was only one and I named him Black Bart. Now, though, I see two or three at a time so they must be changing color with the seasons. I looked around on the internet and found a couple posts where people claimed bluegills can change color with the temperature, their surroundings, and their moods! One thought they go dark when they are feeling aggressive. Hmmm.