- Coexist well with bluegill
- Feed on snails, mollusks, insect larvae
The Shellcracker or Redear is a species of sunfish or bream related to the bluegill. This fish is adapted for feeding on snails and other mollusks, in addition to insect larvae. They coexist well with bluegill and do not compete with them for nest sites.
Stocked by themselves they will not reproduce in sufficient numbers to support a bass population. Therefore, we suggest stocking them in combination with the bluegill. The common stocking combination of these fish is 85% bluegill and 15% shellcracker.