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The bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) is a poorly-selling and common fish found in the river. Despite being uncommon at most times of the year it sells for the second lowest amount for any fish at 120 Bells, losing only to the jellyfish and tying with the crucian carp and frog. It is particularly common in September, especially in Animal Crossing.

Capture quotes

"ブルーギルを つりあげた! ゲドーとよばないで。" —Animal Forest
"I caught a bluegill! Don't worry, I caught the rest of the fish, too!" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a bluegill! Why's the 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

Game data

In older games
Game Name Price Location Shadow Time Months #
Bluegill 120 River small 9am - 4pm All year 12
Bluegill 120 River small 9am - 4pm All year 12
Bluegill 120 River small 9am - 4pm All year 12
Bluegill 120 River small 9am - 4pm All year 12
Bluegill 120 River small 4am - 9pm All year 18
Bluegill 120 River small 4am - 9pm All year 18
Bluegill 120 River small 4am - 9pm All year 20

Donation to the museum

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the bluegill can be donated to the museum in each game by talking to Blathers, who will also give some information on it.

In Animal Crossing

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"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

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"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

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"...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

In New Leaf, an information board in the aquarium will list information about this fish.

"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 black bass."

It can be found in the large tank at the top of the room in the river section of the aquarium.

In New Horizons

"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..."

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Bluegill (Wild World) "Their name comes from their blue gills. The spines on their backs serve as protection."
Size 9.8 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season All year
Icon Bluegill (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Bluegill (City Folk)
"Their blue gills give these their name. The spines on their backs protect them."
Size About 10 inches.
Habitat Rivers
Season All year

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a bluegill! There's a lot in this ville!"
Size About 10 inches.
Habitat Rivers
Season All year

New Horizons

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a bluegill! Do you think it calls me "pinklung"?"
Habitat River
Months active (north) All year
Months active (south) All year


Further information

Main article: Bluegill on Wikipedia

A real life bluegill

One of the so-called freshwater sunfish, the most notable feature of the bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) 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. In real life they are dark greenish, very unlike the purple seen in Animal Crossing. This color mix-up is also seen in early versions of the pale chub. Also called the bream, this fish tastes nice. It is very common and often fished. Catfish, bass and turtles prey on the bluegill.

In other languages

Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese ブルーギル Buruugiru
Flag of France small French Crapet
Flag of Spain Spanish Pez sol
Flag of Germany small German Sonnenbarsch
Flag of Italy small Italian Pesce persico
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Zonnebaars
Flagofrussiasmall Russian Солнечник Solnechnik
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 蓝鳃太阳鱼 Lánsāitàiyángyú
Flag of South Korea Korean 블루길 Beullugil

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