In Alabama, the bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) is ubiquitous in rivers, reservoirs, streams, and swamps. The world record bluegill (4 pounds and 12 ounces) was caught in Ketona Lake in Jefferson County in 1950. Bluegills deposit hundreds of eggs in clean, round depressions that can be visible along the shallow margins of lakes and rivers. Males guard the "beds" for several days after spawning.

Courtesy of Geological Survey of Alabama