About this Species 

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Name:Redear Sunfish
Scientific Name: Lepomis microlophus
Range:Abundant statewide.
Habits and Habitat:Redear sunfish often are called "shellcrackers," because of their fondness for freshwater crustaceans and mollusks, such as crayfish and tiny aquatic snails. They are typically found in still waters of ponds and lakes, and are much more comfortable near the bottom of the pond. Anglers often target redear sunfish with redworms instead of the typical cricket bluegill prefer
Fish Fact: Redear are typically the largest of the "bream," and 1 to 1.5-pounders are not uncommon. The Arkansas state record redear is 2 lbs. 14 oz.
As A Group:Twenty species of sunfish live in Arkansas, including black basses, crappie, rock bass and bream. They make nests and guard their young from predators. Sunfish often are the most numerous species in a body of water.