Post date: Monday, March 5, 2012 - 23:46
Updated date: 3/17/14
Green Sunfish, Lepomis cyanellus

 

Green sunfish are not as deep bodied as other sunfish, meaning they have a more elongated shape. The mouth is relatively large and the upper jaw extends back to the middle of the eye. The pectoral fin is short and rounded. Green sunfish are colored a bluish-green with emerald and yellow iridescence. The belly is yellow to white. The ear flap is black with a white to yellow margin. Frequently, green sunfish have a black spot near the end of the dorsal and anal fins. The rear fins are usually edged in light orange or white, which is a distinctive characteristic. 

 


Habitat

 

Green sunfish like to live in weed-choked areas, areas with lots of rocky cover, and disturbed environments where other species cannot survive. Generally, the presence of a lot of green sunfish, with few other species of sunfish, means the habitat is marginal for fish.

 

 

 

 


Tactics

 

Green sunfish have a larger mouth than most other sunfishes and so larger baits can be used for them. They are very opportunistiuc and will usually attack any small bait or lure that comes near them.

 

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