North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Redbreast Sunfish

Scientific Name: Lepomis auritus
Classification: Game Fish
Abundance: Common throughout NC.

Sport Fish Profile (pdf)


Additional Information

Redbreast sunfish inhabit freshwaters of eastern North America from southern Canada to Florida. They are found throughout North Carolina, in practically all water bodies with the exception of for cold mountain waters.


North Carolina offers some great fishing opportunities. If you are a resident or visitor to the state, please review the links below to ensure that you understand the rules, regulations and other guidelines.

The following fishing regulations are effective August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019.

Inland Fishing

Inland Fishing Regulations
Regulatory authority between the Wildlife Resources Commission and Division of Marine Fisheries. Inland game fish regulations include Manner of Taking, Seasons and Using Trotlines and Set-hooks.



Saltwater Fishing


There are no closed seasons on inland game fishes with the following exceptions