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Alligator Gar
American Eel
American Shad
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Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Black Drum
Blue Catfish
Blue Tilapia
Bluegill
Bowfin
Brown Bullhead
Brown Hoplo
Chain Pickerel
Channel Catfish
Clown Knifefish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Flier
Florida Gar
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Goldfish
Grass Carp
Green Sunfish
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Inland Silverside
Ladyfish
Lake Chubsucker
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Gar
Longnose Sucker
Mayan Cichlid
Mozambique Tilapia
Oscar
Peacock Bass
Red Drum
Redbreast Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
Redfin Pickerel
Redspotted Sunfish
Shoal Bass
Spotted Bass
Spotted Sunfish
Spotted Tilapia
Striped Bass
Striped Mullet
Suckermouth Catfish
Sunfish (Bream)
Suwannee Bass
Threadfin Shad
Warmouth
White Bass
White Catfish
Yellow Bullhead

Lakes with Redear Sunfish on FishExplorer
Redear Sunfish
Redear are deep-bodied sunfish similar to bluegills and have a relatively small mouth. Color ranges from dark olive green above to almost white on the belly. The dorsal fin is normally equipped with 10 spines and it is broadly connected to the soft dorsal fin. The earflap has a distinct red edge.
 
Snails are often a major food item, which explains the name "shellcracker." Insects area also part of their diet, although they rarely rise to the surface as other sunfish. Redears prefer the bottom of warm waters heavy with aquatic vegetation. Sexual maturity is reached by the end of their second year. Spawning occurs in late spring or early summer on saucer-shaped depressions in deeper water than most sunfish.
 

Redear Sunfish in Florida

The following is courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:
 
Appearance: A bright red mark on the back edge of the gill cover is very distinctive.
 
Habitat:  Redear prefer hard bottoms, congregating in deeper water than bluegill.
 
Behavior:  They prefer snails and clams, giving them their common nickname. Shellcracker grow larger than bluegill, with fish over 1 pound common.
 
State Record:  4.86 lbs. Big Catch: 12 inches or 2.25 lbs.
 


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