The redear sunfish is a popular sportﬁsh that reaches a relatively large size and can be caught in large numbers. Like other members of the Centrarchidae family of sunﬁsh, it is good to eat, with white, ﬂaky meat.
IdentificationLight golden-green above, the redear sunfish is roundish and laterally compressed; an adult has dusky gray spots on the sides, whereas a juvenile has bars. It is white to yellow on the belly, with mostly clear ﬁns, and the breeding male is brassy gold with dusky pelvic ﬁns.
The redear sunfish has a fairly pointed snout and a small mouth, with blunted molaform teeth that make shell cracking possible. It has connected dorsal ﬁns and long, pointed pectoral fins that extend far beyond the eyes when bent forward. The ear ﬂaps are short and black, with a bright red or orange spot or a light margin at the edges.