Wildlife Wednesday – Pumpkinseed Sunfish

With Halloween just around the corner, let’s have a little fun with Wildlife Wednesday and spotlight the Pumpkinseed Sunfish.

This is a very colorful, deep-bodied, slabsided fish with a small mouth. The breast and belly are orange to yellow, with lighter colored sides in a variety of bright colors. The ear flap is black bordered with an orange-red spot. The fish is typically 5-8 inches and prefers still waters with dense submerged vegetation.

As with other sunfish, a small hook baited with worms or wax worms will catch pumpkinseeds. Small artificial lures and flies also work well.

For more info and to download the Sport Fish of Ohio Field Guide from our Ohio Division of Wildlife, head to https://ohiodnr.gov/…/documents…/backyard-wildlife-documents#WildOhio Ohio Department of Education

Information courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources