Warmouth (Lepomis gulosus)
Other Common Names
Openmouth, warmouth bass, Indian fish
A large-mouthed, robust fish with mottled sides and wavy lines on its cheek. Basically dark brownish above, with mottled and barred sides, and mottled or spotted fins. Can be olive-brown colored with greenish cast. Seldom gets larger than 8 or 9 inches.
Numerous small lakes, ponds such as lakes Orange, Lee Hall, and Airfield; and slow-moving, swampy rivers and streams, such as Dragon Run and Nottoway River.
Caught incidental to other fishing activities. Will take a variety of small artificials, as well as worms, and small crayfish and minnows.
Feeds on aquatic and terrestrial insects and insect larvae, snails, crayfish and small fishes.
Cannot tolerate saline waters, so it favors backwaters of slow-moving rivers, lakes and ponds, especially acidic, swampy waters. Can tolerate turbidity.
Spawns from mid-spring into late-summer, although not much is known about its habits. Probably fans out a nest in typical sunfish style, near some sort of cover. Hybridizes with almost all sunfishes.