Woo hoo!! Got some fish squeezers in here!!
Glad to have you on board roughfisher.
Okay, since we're on the subject of panfish, I wanted to quickly clarify a few things between Orangespotted sunfish (OSS), Pumpkinseed (PKS), and Redear sunfish (RES).
First, I'm going to classify them in the chances of catching. 1) PKS, 2)OSS, and 3) RES.
Also, RES has only been documented a few times, ever, down south near the border and once or twice in the Upper Colorado River Basin.
Next, OSS are rare, but they can be observed in the Colorado Foothills to the plains.
PKS are all over the Eastern Slope of Colorado.
Pictures are great information to tell them apart. Look for metallic streaking across the face, coloration, density of spots, and habitat. Amazingly enough, many of the panfish, though similar and habitats do overlap, can be distinguished by the habitat that they are removed from.
You guys keep it up!!