RE: NANFA-- Orange Spotted Sunfish

Bruce Stallsmith (
Thu, 06 Jun 2002 10:01:07 -0400

Todd's experiences below with orange spotted sunfish are similar to mine.
About the only time I come across them is when a local creek hits flood
stage in February/March and backs up into shallow roadside ditches. Then I
can collect them with a 12" x 18" net (I have 2 small ones from this past
winter...). Otherwise, they seem to hang in tough-to-collect places in the
main creek channel. Interestingly, I gave 2 to a friend last summer for his
outdoor pond. In less than a year they've gone from 'bout 3" long to about
6-7" and are terrorizing tadpoles and small frogs in his pond, to my
friend's distress. So I've gotta go retrieve them sometime soon. A
stoneroller has also become a monster in the same time period.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

>Something that might be interesting... Around here, I've only run into
>them in wide *slow* areas (like secondary channels around islands) on
>larger streams/rivers, and then, *only* during high water. And then
>I'll see 5 or 6 or more. I think their habitat during normal water
>levels is just in areas that we can't/don't normally fish. It's too
>wide, flat and quiet to seine or dip and too shallow to angle (dry flies
>might be a good application?).
>I did run into a mess of them *once* in a smaller stream, but it was
>deep and had *very* undercut banks. Sometimes my arms would be under
>water and the seine poles still hadn't found the back :) Again, they
>were in very slow pools. Netted and released one particular beauty...
>7" male in full color. Unbelievable :)
>So maybe that's how you can look for them if you're in the range....
>They're like the "reluctant to live in the river" kind of fish :)
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