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"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
Bluegill
Bluegill
Scientific name Lepomis macrochirus
Family Centrarchidae - the sunfishes
Time of year All year
Time of day 9 am to 4 pm(Animal Forest),
4 am to 9 pm(Wild World, City Folk)
Location Unknown
Size About 25 cm
Catch size Unknown
Shadow size Small
Rarity Uncommon (***)
Sale price 120 Bells
Appearances Animal Forest,
Dōbutsu no Mori +,
Animal Crossing,
Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Japan (ブルーギル Burū Giru)
Flag of Germany small Sonnenbarsch

Flag of Italy small Pesce persico

Species #
Animal Forest 12
Animal Crossing 12
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ 12
Animal Crossing: Wild World 18
Animal Crossing: City Folk 18
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 20


The Bluegill 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.

Donating 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 o 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."

Encyclopedia Information

Animal Forest

Bluegill (Animal Crossing) Bluegill (Animal Crossing icon) "Bluegill"

Wild World

Bluegill (Wild World) Bluegill (Wild World icon) ''Their name comes from their blue gills. The spines on their backs serve as protection."

Icon fishSize- 9.8 inches
Icon houseHabitat- Rivers
Icon calendarSeason- All year


City Folk

Bluegill Bluegill (City Folk) ''Their blue gills give these their name. The spines on their backs protect them."

Icon fishSize- About 10 inches.
Icon houseHabitat- Rivers
Icon calendarSeason- All year



New Leaf

NLE bluegill

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Further information

Bluegill4

A real life Bluegill

One of the so-called freshwater sunfish, 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. In real life they are dark greenish, very unlike the purple seen in Animal Crossing. This color mixup 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.

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