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Fish Identification


Warmouth have a thick, oblong body that is brassy to dark olive-green, with broad, irregular dark bars giving it a mottled appearance, often with a yellowish belly. It has reddish eyes and a large mouth, with the upper jaw extending to or beyond the middle of the eyes. There are conspicuous dark stripes that radiate back from the eyes across the cheek, and a red spot on the ear flap. They may appear similar to rock and shadow bass, but do not have horizontal lines on the side and have three anal spines rather than six.

Scientific Name:  Lepomis gulosus

Adult size: 3-12 inches

Distribution: Found in warm waters throughout the state

Current State Record Information

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