The centrarchid family comprises 38 identified species, 34 of which are extant. It includes many popular game fishes familiar to North American anglers, such as the rock bass, largemouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed, green sunfish and crappies. Most sunfish are highly valued panfish for sport fishing, and have been introduced in many areas outside their native ranges, sometimes becoming invasive species. While edible, they are not commercially marketed as food fish.
We don't see Sunfish, but we definitely have bluegills, and bass! We have bluegill, rainbow trout, etc. in our own creek, and bluegill, bass, trout, channel catfish etc. at the lake.
The first fish that Ds ever caught was a small bluegill, and my claim to fame with the 'old timers' was that I caught a large bluegill on a lure. Everyone said that you couldn't catch a bluegill on a lure - ever. I even remember which lure it was! :-)
So, not sunfish, but related. And, good eating!
Very cool about all of it! I love hearing about it! :-)
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