Sunfish, Redear


Scientific Name:
Lepomis microlophus
Water Type:
Fight Rating:
Very Easy Pointer

The redear is a deep-bodied sunfish with a relatively small mouth. Color ranges from dark olive green above to almost white on the belly. The sides are usually yellow to green. The spinous dorsal fin, which is anterior to the soft dorsal fin, is normally equipped with 10 spines, although 9 or 11 spines are sometimes observed, and it is broadly connected to the soft dorsal fin. The anal fin has three spines. The species' most distinct characteristic is the red edge on the opercle ("ear") flap of the male (orange on the female). The opercle flap is never greatly elongated as it is in species such as the redbreast sunfish (Lepomis auritus) or the longear sunfish (L. megalotis).

Fishing Spots


3 Ponds Pond (Freshwater)

Peachtree City, GA
United States United States

Adams Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Wolcottville, IN
United States United States
36 4

Aitkin Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Libby, MN
United States United States

Alapaha River -- Unknown --

Jasper, FL
United States United States
20 4

Alapahoochee River -- Unknown --

Valdosta, GA
United States United States
9 4

Albemarle Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Charlottesville, VA
United States United States

Alcyon Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Glassboro, NJ
United States United States
21 1 4

Aldrich Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Howe, IN
United States United States
8 2

Alexandria Reservior Reservoir

Alexandria, KY
United States United States
19 1 2

Allamuchy Pond Pond (Freshwater)

Allamuchy, NJ
United States United States
17 1 2

Allegheny River -- Unknown --

Olean, NY
United States United States
25 1 1 4

Allentown Pond Pond (Freshwater)

Allentown, NJ
United States United States
19 6

Alligator Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Lake City, FL
United States United States
10 2

Ambrose Brook Brook

Raritan, NJ
United States United States
21 2

Amelia Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Richmond, VA
United States United States

Amite River -- Unknown --

Liberty, MS
United States United States
19 4

Amwell Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Snydertown, NJ
United States United States
17 3 2

Anderson River -- Unknown --

Troy, IN
United States United States
21 1 2

Angus Park Pond Pond (Freshwater)

Glastonbury, CT
United States United States
18 4

Ann Van Middleworth Pond Pond (Freshwater)

Hillsborough, NJ
United States United States
1 11 2

Appleman Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Lagrange, IN
United States United States
10 2

Apple River -- Unknown --

Hanover, IL
United States United States
30 2 5

Appomattox River -- Unknown --

Petersburg, VA
United States United States

Argyle Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Macomb, IL
United States United States
19 2

Arrowhead Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Luray, VA
United States United States

Ashland New Reservoir Reservoir

Ashland, IL
United States United States
7 2

Ashland Pond Pond (Freshwater)

Jewett City, CT
United States United States
12 2

Assunpink Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Roosevelt, NJ
United States United States
21 19

Atsion Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Atsion, NJ
United States United States
19 6

Atwood Lake Lake (Freshwater)

Wolcottville, IN
United States United States
8 6



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