The green sunfish is San Diego’s smallest game fish – the county record is a dainty 1 pounds and 4 ounces. But while not big, they are magnificently colored, adorned with strikingly bright green markings.
Because green sunfish are so slight in size, they are notably elusive and hard to catch. They must rely hidden in order to keep from being eaten by larger predatory fish like bass and catfish. In San Diego, they’re most often found by anglers in smaller streams, creeks and ponds rather than the larger reservoirs.
Green sunfish can be caught on a variety of baits; small mealworms, wax worms, or small pieces of night crawlers. Because they’re small and stealthy, a quiet finesse approach with small tackle is crucial to targeting them.