This section is from the book "Frank Forrester's Fishermens' Guide", by Frank Forrester.
This is a small yellow and brown fish, with colors similar to the yellow perch, but without the shades - fins tinged with scarlet. Its shape is broad and flat like a pumpkin seed, and in some places the fish is known by that name. They are usually from three to eight inches long - though in some streams in the Western States a kind are found which exceed a foot in length. They are caught with the angleworm, in the same manner as the perch. They bite very rapidly, and hence ladies on pic-nic parties are particularly fond of fishing sun-fish.