redear sunfish illustration
redear sunfish illustration

Redear Sunfish


Specifications Chart

Size Price
2-3" $1.59 ea.
3.5-5" $3.79 ea.

REDEAR SUNFISH (Lepomis microlophus)

ALIAS: Shellcracker, stump knocker, yellow bream, cherry gill, chinquapin

IDENTIFICATION: A deep sided fish with a black ear flap rimmed in red or orange. Specially modified teeth in the throat allow them to crack mollusk shells.

DIET: Snails and other mollusks are preferred, but diet also consists of crayfish, insects, insect larvae and fathead minnows.

SPAWNING: Mid-May through mid-summer when water temperatures are above 65̊F. Nests are constructed in 1 to 4’ of water on firm sand and gravel bottoms.

FISHING TIPS: Live baits such as red worms, wax worms and fathead minnows work best.

  400-600 fish per acre stocking rate is recommended.

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