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I got to capture some footage of a wild Florida Bluegill protecting its nest from exotic intruders during the spawn. You can clearly see its working overtime to chase off invasive species like the Mayan cichlids and the spotted tilapia.

Which one is which? The Mayan cichlids are those fish which have the dot on the tail section. The spotted tilapia has a striped body.

There is currently a great number of invasive fish species that call South Florida lakes and canals home.

When do Bluegills spawn in South Florida?

The Florida Bluegill Spawning season is the summer season, May and June are good bets. The water temperature in these months is typically near 80 degrees which triggers the annual reproductive spawning cycle.

How many eggs do Bluegills lay?

Bluegill fish can lay up to 60,000 plus eggs during a spawn.

Where do Bluegills like to spawn?

Florida Bluegill like to spawn in the shallow sandy bottom which is mixed in with gravel. The chosen locations are found in less than 5ft of water, near shore.


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Mayan Cichlid (Cichlasoma urophthalmus)

Mayan cichlid - invasive Florida species

Spotted Tilapia (Pelmatolapia mariae)

Spotted Tilapia - invasive Florida species

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Which types of fish are safe to eat from Florida waters?

Would you like to know what types of Florida fish are safe to eat? This publication from the Florida Department of health should be given a read if you plan to eat Florida fresh or saltwater fish. You will be able to read which types of fish, from what bodies of water, and how much consumption is safe for kids to adults. I was not surprised to find out that in some Florida waters eating a Large mouth Bass in considered unsafe. Some of the most popular types of Florida fish species are on this list like Florida Peacock Bass, Catfish, Bluegill. Unfortunately, there are many pollutants in our canals and lakes which fish call home. I have personally seen a great deal of debris in canals, like shopping carts, junked cars, furniture. Foreign objects which do not belong are a big cause with time for pollution of waters that animals call home. It is of great importance as the fisherman that we pick up after each other when we go wet the line. I would recommend you always take a bucket or bag where you can discard your used fishing products, snacks, and drinks. Small common-sense steps like these help out the environment and animals, I consider this is the least you can do.

You can find the 2020 Florida Fish Consumption Advisory Guide by clicking here, take a glance at it to see if your favorite fish fishing locations and game fish are in this publication by the Florida Department of health.

You can find the 2020 Florida Fish Consumption Advisory Guide by clicking here

How many fish should I eat safely?

Below there is an example table with similar format that you will find on the 2020 Florida Fish consumption guide by Florida Department of health.

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