Redear Sunfish - Lepomis microlophus


fish: redear sunfish
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Oklahoma Distribution – Redear sunfish are found statewide.

Habitat – Usually inhabit clear, slightly vegetated water.

Natural Food Sources – Insects, crustaceans, larvae and snails.

Spawning – Redear spawning habits are very similar to bluegill, although redear are not as prolific. Redear spawn in late spring or early summer when water temperatures reach 66 to 70 degrees F.

Facts – Redear attain lengths up to 12 inches and weights to two pounds. They respond best to natural bait and are more difficult to catch than bluegill. Redear normally inhabit deeper water than bluegill and congregate around stumps, logs and roots.