The sunfish is a large family of freshwater fish which includes the bass, bluegills, crappies and pumpkinseeds. However fishermen associate the name sunfish most closely with the bluegills and pumpkinseeds. The bluegill is the larger of the two and grows as large as large as 4 pounds, 12 ounces while the pumpkinseed has topped out at only 2 pounds, 4 ounces. The bluegill is known for a dark blue spot on the end of its gill while the pumpkinseed is known for its orange belly.
These fish live in lakes and rivers east of the Rockies. They are a prolific fish and have been given more than 75 different regional names, the most common being bream, sunnies or sun perch. It is a very popular game fish that averages 4 to 9 inches in length however they very seldom reach 11 inches. Cooks often fillet the larger fish, but the smaller ones are commonly just cleaned and cooked whole.
Its firm flesh is fairly mild in flavor and has a low fat content. They are best to pan fry, deep fry, oven fry or bake. Click on a link below for easy ways of cooking.
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