Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2067 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
Redear sunfish have a compressed body with a rounded profile, and long pointed pectoral fins. They have an olive back with a yellow breast, and the pale to yellowish sides are marked with brownish spots or bars. They can be distinguished from most other sunfish by the dark ear flap with a distinct red or orange margin and from the similar pumpkinseed by not having blue lines on the head.
Scientific Name: Lepomis microlophus
Adult size: 5-17 inches
Distribution: Found in warm waters throughout the state.