Sunfish Family: Sunfish family members are deep and stockily built, attractive in coloration and popular as panfish. Most sunfish spawn in early summer, when water temperatures warm to the mid-60 and low 70-degree range. Male sunfish build nests by excavating soft substrate with their fins to expose sand, gravel, roots or other firm objects for females to lay their eggs over.
- Dorsal fin has a spiny front portion and a soft-rayed rear portion
- Similar to the bluegill, but lighter in color and usually not as large
- Red or orange spot on the flap of the gill cover
Pumpkinseeds may hybridize with bluegill and is not abundant in North Dakota.