It is abundant in Ozark streams of all sizes except for extreme headwaters. This species is the most abundant and generally distributed sunfish in southern Missouri. LARGE RESERVOIRS > 500 ACRES. Classic editor History Comments Share. Strongly resembling the rock bass in general color and shape, the mud … Pumpkinseeds are more tolerant of low oxygen levels than bluegill, but less tolerant of warmer waters. Often the nests are so close together that their rims nearly touch. Nests are usually found in areas of submerged vegetation in six to 12 inches of water. "The breast is yellow to copper-orange, and the sides of their heads have metallic blue and green overtones. He stays with the nest for more than 2 weeks, until the fry have hatched and dispersed. The side of the head is olive or light orange with sky-blue vermiculations (undulating, worm-like markings). Missouri has more than 200 kinds of fish, more than are found in most neighboring states. The pectoral fin is rounded. Not only are these fish relatively simple to catch, but they're also known for their aggressive fights when caught on ultralight tackle. Black vertical bars are sometimes evident on the sides. All are usually easy to catch, good to eat, and extremely popular with anglers, especially children. Lake Ontario anglers enjoying good fishing despite high waters (Reader photos), 13 things you need to know about NY's new boater safety law. Its body is golden brown to olive on top, with lighter sides having reddish spots and vague blue streaks. Spawning the Pumpkinseed Sunfish (Lepomis gibbosus)By Joanne Bockstael reprinted from American Currents, June 1984 We, as aquarium hobbyists living in Canada and the United States, are really very lucky, for within the boundaries of continental North America is to be found a vast wealth of fish (and other aquatic) life. Pumpkinseedfish are often introduced to koi ponds in order to control vermin like insects and larvae. Orangespotteds are pretty distinct if … Please see the Wildlife Action Plan to learn how this information was developed. The longear sunfish reaches a maximum recorded length of about 24 cm (9.5 in), with a maximum recorded weight of 790g (1.7 lb).