Pumpkinseed
(Lepomis gibbosus)
The pumpkinseed  is the most abundant and widespread species of sunfish in New York State. It grows from 4-8 inches long. Pumpkinseeds occur in large  numbers  in  warm  shallow  waters  close to shore.   They live  in a variety  of habitats  from small  lakes and  ponds, to  the  shallow, weedy bays  of larger lakes  and the quiet  waters  of  slow moving  streams and sluggish  rivers.

The pumpkinseed is a colorful fish with a bronze to red/orange belly and a  bright red spot on the gill flap.  The head and body are dark green and the  sides have  patches of  dark scales, some of which are reddish brown. The  lower  jaw  is  blue.
The pumpkinseed is also
considered a panfish, and
is excellent to eat.

The pumpkinseed is an opportunistic feeder that consumes a wide variety of preys  consisting of many kinds of insects,  amphipods, mollusks, larval salamanders, and small fish.

Pumpkinseeds  spawn  from  May through  August.  The males  build nests close  to  shore and  in colonies  similar to bluegill.   The nests  are  often located close to aquatic  vegetation.  Males guard the eggs and the young. Females  will lay between 600 and 5,000 eggs  depending upon their size. Hatching  takes place  in about 3 days and  the male guards the young for another  week or  more.
Pumpkinseeds will thrive in
all warm, shallow farm ponds.
But, as with the bluegill, it is a
prolific spawner and can
quickly overpopulate ponds
and become stunted.
They are an excellent food
supply for bass.



Finger Lakes Aquaculture 7627 County Rd. 36
Naples, NY 14512
(585) 374-2974
Phil Faber - Owner

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