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Mixed Bag Pannies


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Fly fishing on a metro pond, I came across a surprising variety of sunfish in a small area. Think I know what they are. What do you think? full-37258-24165-img_0159.jpg

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Cool!

I'll take a shot...

1. Green Sunfish (but possibly a dark pumpikinseed or a hybrid of the two-- smaller mouth, rounder body and red "ear" spot are interesting)

2. Pumpkinseed

3. Bluegill

4. Bluegill

5. Green Sunfish

6. Green Sunfish

Whatever they are, looks like you had a fun time!

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I agree with goblueM. I had a tough time this summer getting a real green sunfish without hybridization. I did find tons of hybrids, though.

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1. Pumpkin/green

2. Gill/green

3. Gill

4. Green

5. Green

It can be challenge to get pure pumpkins without hybridization. Them pesky greens are all over and mixing. Green base hybrids tend give the other species very dark or darker color fins from my observation. Also the anal fin or dorsal fins seem to appear more pointy and less round.

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After a little research and a lot of experience with hybrid pannies I think it goes like this;

1-Green/pumpkinseed hybrid

2-Pumpkinseed

3-Bluegill

4-Bluegill/pumpkinseed hybrid

5-Green Sunfish

6-Green Sunfish

The last two are probably the difference between a male(5)and a female(6)

Greenies are very aggressive, too bad they don't get much bigger that those.

The hybrid Green/Pumpkin are even more aggressive and get into the ten inch range, great for topwater fishing.

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1. Pumpkinseed x Green Sunfish

2. Pumpkinseed

3. Bluegill

4. Bluegill

5. Green Sunfish

6. Green Sunfish

That's the list I came up with as well.

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1. Pumpkin/green

2. Gill/green

3. Gill

4. Green

5. Green

I just notice an error in my line up forgot a fish.

1. Pumpkin/green

2. Gill/green (possible Gill/pumpkin)

3. Gill

4. Gill

5. Green

6. Green

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Nice bunch of fish you got! I've been doing a little fly fishing as well for pannies in the evening after supper for an hour or so on Minnetonka. I've been catching them with foam bugs on the surface, or with nymphs down a little bit deeper underneath a strike indicator. Caught a decent bass last week with a foam beetle that I would never have guessed would interest a bass. I'm wondering how these cool nights will start changing things.

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Thanks! They were not big but caught a lot of cool ones. Goes to show sometimes the size is not the main goal, especially when topwater fly fishing. Got a few big boy bass too. that's fun!

It's nice to take a break from bass\walleye\pike fishing once in a while and see what the pan fish have to offer. I had a lot of luck last year doing the same thing up until november so the water temp shouldn't make too much of a difference, but.....

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Definite green on the last two. Nice sized ones too. Lots that I'll catch are in the 3" range. Biggest I've ever caught was maybe 6". When they hybridize, they seem to get much bigger.

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I would definitely lean towards Green Sunfish. Warmouth are usually brownish. The spots on number 5 are intriguing though. Have not seen one with spots on the fins like that.

Yes, thank you, those are actually nice sized for greens. The hybrids do get bigger. This is a nice 9.5 I just released. full-37258-24438-img_0179.jpg

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