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Lake: McCall Lake
Fish: Green Sunfish

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Post By: |2amone      Posted: 10/19/2015 3:23:39 PM     Points: 210    
Caught this Sunday morning. Is it just a Hybrid Green Sunfish / Bluegill ? What is up with the black lines? Took two quick pictures and released it back into the water.
 Reply by: tfotrout      Posted: 10/19/2015 4:11:49 PM     Points: 858    
There was a post a while back like this one and it turned out to be a rock bass. I'm no expert but that would be my guess. The mouth looks big for a green
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 10/19/2015 4:16:22 PM     Points: 32288    
I was going to say some sort of bass but im no expert either.
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: 10/19/2015 4:18:05 PM     Points: 38668    
Not a rock bass they have a distinct red eye. Probably a hybrid gill.
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: 10/19/2015 4:28:35 PM     Points: 6121    
Green sunfish. Anal fin has white/yellow border, and there is a white/yellow border on the tail fin as well. Large mouth. Blue/green markings on the cheeks/gills.

Not a rock bass b/c wrong color, wrong mouth.

Body is sort of colored like a sacramento perch or a warmouth, but the mouth shape and fin coloration rules them out. Also sac perch only exist in one or 2 ponds on the front range and I don't think we have warmouth.

Not a hybrid gill because the mouth is too big.

Green sunfish.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 10/19/2015 5:11:04 PM     Points: 3934    
Where is Fishseal when you need him? My guess is a hybrid sunfish.
 Reply by: sickws6      Posted: 10/19/2015 5:14:53 PM     Points: 574    
I saw the rock bass caught by booman, not a rock bass as kev-o said I think it looks like crappie and gill mixed but I am no scientist.
 Reply by: FishSeal      Posted: 10/20/2015 10:11:29 AM     Points: 8875    
So, thanks to IFF who informed me of this post, and some research, regarding green sunfish and their potential hybrids... it is just a green sunfish.

There are reasons for it looking "odd" though, which are listed.
1) not spawning season when it is really easy to identify them.
2) it is probably an older specimen, which develop more of the black pigment.
3) the only other time I've seen black green sunfish was in a stagnant pond that that super clear water (not clean, just clear) and they were all black to blend in.

I have never fished McCall lake, but I would guess that there are more just like it.

Thanks guys!!

FS