Bad News About Invasive Bluegills

DIFW Fisheries Biologist Wes Ashe recently reported on an illegal introduction of invasive Bluegills. Here’s some info from his report:

Bluegill don’t belong in Maine waters, and despite their small size and unintimidating features, they are highly invasive. The next summer, biologists returned to the Sheepscot River to get a better handle on the distribution of bluegill in the watershed. What we discovered was alarming. Bluegill were collected and abundant in Turner Mills Pond (Somerville), Long Pond (Windsor), and Sheepscot Pond (Palermo).

In Sheepscot Pond, a deep, oligotrophic water home to wild lake trout, salmon, and stocked brook trout, biologists were shocked at the findings. In just a few hundred yards of habitat, dozens of bluegill of all ages and sizes were amassed. We have no idea when or where the Sheepscot bluegill populations originated. We know it was done intentionally or through negligence, illegally, and many years ago.

You can read his entire report here:



George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.