RE: NANFA-- Orange Spotted Sunfish

Crail, Todd (
Thu, 6 Jun 2002 08:32:31 -0400

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 :)

-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Haas

I've been hoping to find some myself here in Wisconsin, but I'm afraid
just not in the right _part_ of Wisconsin. I think it's time to do some
summer road trippin'.

Travis Haas
Hazel Green, WI
"With a cooler in my trunk filled with aged water and a six pack [of bug

At 03:21 PM 6/5/02 -0700, you wrote:
>Rich -
>I've encountered orange spotted sunfish in the field on a handful of
>occassions, but not recently. The last time was up in a glacial lake
>eastern South Dakota. They really are beautiful fish... especially
males in
>full spawning coloration. My dad is setting up a pond and he was going
>defile it with exotics. I suggested he consider L. humilis, so I'm
>a casual eye out for them as well. Unfortunately, they're just not
>common in eastern Nebraska. I'll let you know if I come across any.
>Mike Bessert
>Lincoln, NE
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