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Lake: Cherry Creek Reservoir
Fish: Orangespotted Sunfish

RARE Sunfish???

Post By: SpinningReel38      Posted: 8/9/2019 8:00:01 AM     Points: 75    
Yesterday at Cherry Creek I caught what I believe to be an Orange Spotted Sunfish. Correct me if I'm wrong on the ID but i figure it's either that or a pumpkinseed. It was only 4 inches long LOL but still a great surprise, especially from cherry creek!
 Reply by: catfishking      Posted: Aug. 9, 9:15:03 AM     Points: 742    
Definitely looks like a pumpkinseed
 Reply by: bigbear57      Posted: Aug. 9, 10:07:14 AM     Points: 278    
That's a orange spotted. Pumpkin seed's have a red mark next to the black on the gill plate, and they also have more orange spots on the body. great post thanks for sharing.
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: Aug. 9, 12:15:57 PM     Points: 53607    
Looks like a pumpkin seed.
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: Aug. 9, 10:12:38 PM     Points: 2151    
Iím with big bear thatís an orange spotted.
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 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: Aug. 10, 9:17:00 AM     Points: 6121    
Clearly an orangespotted sunfish. Not a pumpkinseed, though the two interbreed (rarely).

What's awesome is your specimen is a very large orangespot, probably the largest I've ever seen.

From a pure fisheries perspective, they're kind of a nuisance fish. They directly compete with (and prey upon the young of) larger, more desirable sunfish species like bluegill and pumpkinseed. And because they don't get much bigger than the one the OP caught, they tend to overpopulate because they don't get kept.

From a fisherman's perspective, they're awfully pretty and kinda neat little dudes, so most folks don't mind catching them even if they are too small to eat. They make for great live or cutbait (where legal). They are quite tough and keep well in a minnow bucket. Hence their cosmopolitan distribution due to use as bait and/or bucket biology.

Back in Iowa, catching orangespots usually means the pond or lake doesn't have a very good largemouth bass population. Largemouth, of course, love eating sunfish and these little dudes are the perfect snack size. A good largemouth population usually knocks back or completely eliminates the orangespots.
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: Aug. 10, 11:15:40 PM     Points: 7802    
Oh yea 100% orange spotted sunfish. I caught one once very similar in size but at a tiny little pond. Very cool catch!