Black & Blue-gills?

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.IMAG0579

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About bluestempond

Hobby farmer living at Bluestem Pond in Michigan.
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