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Warmouth (Lepomis gulosus)

The Warmouth or Lepomis gulosus is a freshwater fish from the Sunfish family (Centrarchidae) and is found in many places in North America. They can survive in a variety of climates from Florida to Alaska, and are normally seen in muddy bottom that have plenty of vegetation. These fish have even been stocked in other places outside of its native range.

Much like the Largemouth Bass, this fish can easily be differentiated from other Panfish by their huge mouths. Similar species like the Bluegill and Rock Bass may be close to the same size, but their mouths tend to be 2 times or more smaller than that of the Warmouth. Males of this species also have a bright orange spot at the base of the dorsal fin. One sure way to tell the difference between a Rock Bass and a Warmouth is the number of spines in their anal fin. Warmouth have only three spines, while Rock Bass have six spines in their anal fin. Warmouth fish are considered to be very easy to catch because of their overly aggressive behavior. They will often bite instantly if they are anywhere near the bait so be ready, these fish are quick! The World Record Warmouth was caught in Florida and weighed in at 2lbs 7oz and was over 12" in length. The Warmouth goes by several different names including, Redeye, Goggle-eye, Red-eyed Bream, Stump Knocker, Mudgapper, Mo-mouth, Morgan, Molly, Open Mouth, Weed Bass, Wood Bass, Strawberry Perch and Mud Bass.  You can actually keep Warmouth in a freshwater aquarium as well.  Here is some evidence of that in the short video below.

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