Redear Sunfish


Other Common Names:

Shellcracker, chinquapin, stumpknocker, yellow bream, G.I. bream, strawberry bream, Texas-improved bream, tupelo bream


Scientific Name:

Lepomis microlophus



Feeds on snails and insects



Clear lakes with some aquatic vegetation



Average length is 4-6 inches



back and sides golden or light olive green with several dark vertical bars that disappear in older fish; rounded ear flap has a whitish border with a prominent red or orange spot in adults


Photo and text courtesy of:

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Iowa Fish and Fishing by James R. Harlan and Everett B. Speaker with James Mayhew; color illustrations by Maynard F. Reece

Fishes of Wisconsin by George C. Becker

Fishes of Indiana published by Indiana Department of Conservation, Division of Fish and Game (1964)


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