Post date: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 15:45
Updated date: 4/23/14
Redear Sunfish, Lepomis microlophus

 

The redear sunfish is a large, chunky sunfish species found in the south. They consume large quantities of snails, which has given rise to their alternate name "shellcracker". Their ability to readily utilizae snails as forage gives redears an extra boost to their growth rate - this is one of the larger panfish-style sunfishes, reaching 5 or more pounds in weight. Redears have been widely stocked in lakes, ponds, and reservoirs as they are a very popular food fish. They've also been given the nickname "Government Bream" since they are often the panfish species of choice for stocking by local fish and wildlife departments. Because of this, the "government bream" names came about - people asked the fish and wildlife departments for fish to stock their ponds with, and were given this species. Given human nature, they assumed these were specially-bred "government" fish and the name stuck.

 

 

Other Names: shellcracker, Georgia bream, cherry gill, sunny, sun perch, chinquapin, gvernment bream, government improved bream, stumpknocker, G. I. bream, yellow bream, strawberry bream, tupelo bream 

 

 


Tactics

 

Redears are often targeted in the springtime when they move into shallow water to construct spawning beds. Otherwise, since they are generally bottom-feeders, small baits can be fished right along the bottom. Jigs, heavily weighted flies, redworms, and crickets are popular baits for redears.

 

 

Range Map


Lifelist Entries

Post date: Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 22:58
Post date: Monday, November 26, 2018 - 14:59
Post date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 23:31
Lake Griffin, Florida
Post date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 16:56
Post date: Friday, July 5, 2013 - 11:43
Jimmerson Lake - Angola, IN
Post date: Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 16:03
Boston Pond, Forbes Lake, IL
Post date: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 20:21
Post date: Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 10:43
Cape Coral, FL
Post date: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 21:52
Post date: Monday, October 7, 2013 - 14:00
Lake Tillery, NC
Post date: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 15:49
Forest Preserve pond, DuPage County, IL
Post date: Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 22:38
Post date: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 14:48
Champions Gate, Davenport Swamp, FL
Post date: Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 04:16
Englewood, Florida
Post date: Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 17:27
Wichita mtns nwr
Post date: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 16:28
Post date: Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 22:32
Callaway Gardens, Georgia
Post date: Friday, June 1, 2018 - 22:13
Post date: Monday, April 9, 2012 - 08:36
Virginia
Post date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 19:30
Hurricane Lake near Munson,FL
Post date: Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 18:25
tom
Delacroix, LA
Post date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 22:19
Harpeth River, TN
Post date: Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 09:40
Duck River, TN
Post date: Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 10:47
Vinton County, OH

Pages