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#477523 - 08/03/17 01:38 PM Another What Is It Thread.........
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Please ID for me.

They are only about 3" long but are defending what appears to be a nest.

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#477525 - 08/03/17 01:59 PM Re: Another What Is It Thread......... [Re: Tbar]
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Because of their shape and dark colored opercular flap (ear flap), they certainly seem to be some kind of sunfish -- stunted bluegill, green sunfish, some kind of hybrid, etc.

The best way to identify them is to catch one using to use a trout hook, like a #10 fly hook, with a small piece of redworm. Put a small splitshot sinker about 12 inches above the hook and toss it into the nest.
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#477529 - 08/03/17 02:21 PM Re: Another What Is It Thread......... [Re: Tbar]
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Blurry image, but the fish I see mid-frame, moving right to left appears to be a bluegill.
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#477532 - 08/03/17 03:03 PM Re: Another What Is It Thread......... [Re: Tbar]
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Aren't they a little small to be spawning/protecting a nest?

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#477534 - 08/03/17 03:46 PM Re: Another What Is It Thread......... [Re: Tbar]
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Not if they are stunted bluegill. That is why catching one for positive identification is important.
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#477546 - 08/03/17 10:23 PM Re: Another What Is It Thread......... [Re: Tbar]
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Thanks!
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