Warmouth

Warmouth are members of the sunfish family. They are popular with some anglers because they hit hard and are easy to catch.  Because they are bottom-feeders like catfish, the flesh can have a strong flavor, but are good to eat when caught in clean water. The warmouth is large-mouthed and heavy-bodied. Warmouth are secretive, seeking cover in rocky banks, stumps or weeds, or near other large objects, where they can hide and wait for food. They are sight feeders and can survive in polluted, low oxygenated waters where other sunfish cannot.