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Redear Sunfish: Lepomis microlophus

Appearance:

A bright red mark on the back edge of the gill cover is very distinctive.

Habitat:

Redear prefer hard bottoms, congregating in deeper water than bluegill.

Behavior:

They prefer snails and clams, giving them their common nickname. Shellcracker grow larger than bluegill, with fish over 1 pound common.

Additional Information

State Record:  4.86 lbs.

Big Catch minimum:  11 inches or 1.25 lbs.

Fishing Tips and Facts: Redear sunfish are caught most often on earthworms around the full moons of March and April when their spawning activity peaks.


Image Credit: Duane Raver, Jr.



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