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"I caught a bluegill! Don't worry, I caught the rest of the fish, too!" —Animal Crossing (GCN)
"I caught a bluegill! Why is this little guy so sad?" —Wild World
"I caught a bluegill! Now that takes some skill!" —City Folk
"I caught a bluegill! There's a lot in this ville!" —New Leaf
"I caught a bluegill! Do you think it calls me "pinklung"?" —New Horizons
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Bluegill NH.png
Scientific name Lepomis macrochirus
Family Centrarchidae - the sunfishes
Time of year All year
Time of day 9 am to 4 pm
Location River
Size About 25 cm
Shadow size Small
Rarity Uncommon
Selling price 120 Bells
180 Bells New Horizons
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Bluegill (ブルーギル, Burūgiru) is a very inexpensive fish found in the river. Despite being uncommon, it sells for the second lowest amount for any fish, 120 Bells, losing only to the Jellyfish. Unlike the Crucian Carp, it only appears form 9 am to 4pm.

Donating to the Museum[edit]

Blathers will give a speech on the Bluegill when it is donated to the Museum:

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"Even run-of-the-mill, common fish are valuable resources, you see. All part of the grand tapestry, wot! We will take excellent care of this fellow, oh yes. You can rest assured. Excellent care, indeed."

In Wild World[edit]

"Bluegills are a type of whitefish and they are most definitely edible, wot! Even so, I would avoid the skinny ones. They look rather full of bones..."

In City Folk[edit]

"...Ah, hoo, the bluegill, scourge of fishermen everywhere. Once introduced to an area, this fish will eat up many of the indigenous breeds, eh wot? But with a face like that, it's hard to believe our wee fishy friend here has any bad intentions..."

In New Leaf[edit]

Blathers gives no specific speeches once the Bluegill is donated, but he posts a description for it.

"Bluegills have spikes on their dorsal fins to help protect them from enemies and harm. Their offspring actually have a fairly high survival rate when compared to other fish. The males chase away the females and take over protecting the eggs and babies in the nest. Although bluegills are small, they are actually related quite closely to the black bass."

In New Horizons[edit]

The bluegill is incredibly common. A bit too common, depending upon where you are. They eat anything that fits in their mouths and are highly adaptable. The bane of fishermen in some areas, bluegill is often the only fish to be caught! But looking in its wee beady eyes, I must say I see no ill will in it...

Fishing Tourney[edit]

New Leaf[edit]

Chip will say this when given a Bluegill:

"Bluegills are definitely the sort of fish you wanna deep fry. No doubt! With some warm bread on the side... Or, you know, just slurp 'em down raw like I do."

Encyclopedia Information[edit]

Once the player has caught a particular fish or bug, they can find information about it in the bug or fish menus. Once the Bluegill has been caught, the following information can be found in the fish menu:

Wild World[edit]

Bluegill WW.png ''Their name comes from their blue gills. The spines on their backs serve as protection."
  • Size- 24.9 cm
  • Habitat- Rivers
  • Season- All year

City Folk[edit]

Bluegill (City Folk).png ''Their blue gills give these their name. The spines on their backs protect them."
  • Size- About 25 cm
  • Habitat- Rivers
  • Season- All year

A real life Bluegill

Further information[edit]

Of tropical sunfish body shape, the bluegill's most notable feature is the blue or black "ear", actually an extension of the gill cover called the opercular flap. Its name, however, comes from the bright blue edging visible on its gill rakers. Also called the bream, this fish tastes nice. It is very common and often fished. Catfish, Bass and turtles prey on the bluegill.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブルーギル
Spanish Pez sol Literally, "sun fish".
French Crapet Lepomis
Dutch Zonnebaars Sunfish
German Sonnenbarsch Sunfish
Italian Pesce persico Bluegill
Korean 블루길
Chinese (Simplified) 蓝腮太阳鱼
lánsāi tàiyángyú
Bluegill (lit. "blue-gilled sunfish")
Chinese (Traditional) 藍腮太陽魚
lánsāi tàiyángyú
Bluegill (lit. "blue-gilled sunfish")
Russian Солнечник