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Colorado Fish Species

Arctic Char
Arctic Grayling
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Bluegill
Bluehead sucker
Bonytail Chub
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Colorado Pikeminnow
Colorado River Cutthroat
Common Carp
Creek Chub
Cutbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Emerald Shiner
Flannelmouth Sucker
Flathead Catfish
Flathead Chub
Freshwater Drum
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Goldfish
Grass Carp
Green Sunfish
Greenback Cutthroat
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Kokanee
Lake Chub
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Sucker
Mountain Whitefish
Northern Pike
Orangespotted Sunfish
Pumpkinseed
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
River Carpsucker
Roundtail Chub
Rudd
Sacramento Perch
Sauger
Saugeye
Smallmouth Bass
Snake River Cutthroat
Splake
Spottail Shiner
Spotted Bass
Striped Bass
Sunfish (Bream)
Tiger Muskie
Tiger Trout
Walleye
White Bass
White Crappie
White Sucker
Yellow Perch
Yellowstone Cutthroat

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FishExplorer Lakes with Orangespotted Sunfish
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Orangespotted Sunfish
Orange Spotted Sunfish are native to the central United States in the Mississippi drainage south of the Great Lakes.  Through a number of introductions their range has expanded to as far south as the Rio Grande River.  This sunfish prefers slow moving, turbid water and is most abundant in large muddy rivers and reservoirs.
 
These are a small deep bodied, highly compressed fish, typically less than four inches.  Their terminal mouth is fairly large, extending almost to the eye. This colorful sunfish has greenish silver back and sides with scattered reddish orange spots. The belly is yellowish orange. Like most sunfish they sport a black ear flap, the difference being it has a pale green or whitish margin.
 
Typical of sunfish, spawning occurs in late spring or early summer.  Males build nests in shallow water which they guard after spawning until the eggs hatch and the fry leave the nest.  Life expectancy is approximately five years. Due to their small size few fish for them. Orange spotted sunfish feed primarily on small crustaceans, aquatic insects, and zooplankton.

Orangespotted Sunfish in Colorado

This colorful sunfish is native to the Colorado Arkansas and Repulican River drainages.  Due to it's small size few anglers target it, and few recognize what they have caught when they do catch one.
Most Recent Orangespotted Sunfish Forum Posts
Fish ID ? 07.29.15 by |2amone
orange spotted sunfish 08.24.11 by ripley
Orangespotted Sunfish Articles, Blogs, & Podcasts
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