Spotted sunfish are olive-green to brown in color, with black or
reddish spots on the base of each scale forming rows of dots on its
The preferred habitat is slow-moving, heavily vegetated streams
and rivers with limestone, sand, or gravel substrates.
A nest-builder that tends to be more solitary than other members
of the sunfish family. Males are very aggressive and antagonistic
toward other fish in their nesting area. They generally feed on the
bottom, but will rise to the surface to feed. The bulk of their
diet consists of a variety of plants and animals that are usually
associated with aquatic vegetation, brush, or rubble.
0.83 lbs. Big Catch: 8 inches or 0.50 lbs.
Fishing Tips and Facts:
Because of its small size spotted sunfish have limited food value, but it is a feisty panfish. The same methods of fishing discussed for the redbreast sunfish apply for the spotted sunfish.
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