Species Info

Redear sunfish

Type:  Panfish

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

State record:  4.86 lbs. Big Catch: 11 inches total length or 1.25 lbs.

BigCatch:  To qualify your catch needs to exceed the listed weight OR length (not necessarily both).

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.

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

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