It has a stout, deep body similar to other panfish. A red eye
and large mouth are conspicuous field marks. Three or four dark
stripes radiating back from the eye across the cheek and gill cover
like war paint confirm the identity.
Warmouths inhabit swamps, marshes, shallow lakes, slow-moving
streams and canals with soft, muddy bottoms. They stay around
aquatic vegetation, stumps and snags and under the banks of streams
and ponds. They have more tolerance for muddy water than most
Warmouths are solitary nesters that prefer to nest adjacent to a
submerged object. Nests are found over a wide range of water
depths. They often spawn more than once a year usually between
April and August. Crayfish, shrimp, insects and small fishes make
up the bulk of their diet. Most feeding is done in the morning, as
it appears to sleep at night.
2.44 lbs. Big Catch: 10 inches or 0.75 lbs.
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