Red Ear Sunfish
Spawning: Usually during mid-May through June when water temperatures are 65-75 degrees. Preferred spawning locations are 1-4 feet of water with sand or gravel bottom, or on any other bottom substrates and in deeper water.
Food: Snails and other mollusks, crayfish, insects and insect larvae, small fish. Their habit of eating snails led to the name “shellcracker.”
Adult Size: Normally 9-11 inches.
Identification: A deep slab-sided fish similar to the bluegill except the ear flap is black with a red or orange margin; black blotch at the base of the dorsal fin is absent.
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