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Florida Fish Species

Alligator Gar
American Eel
American Shad
Atlantic Croaker
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Black Drum
Blue Catfish
Blue Tilapia
Bluegill
Bowfin
Brown Bullhead
Brown Hoplo
Chain Pickerel
Channel Catfish
Clown Knifefish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Flier
Florida Gar
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Goldfish
Grass Carp
Green Sunfish
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Inland Silverside
Ladyfish
Lake Chubsucker
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Gar
Longnose Sucker
Mayan Cichlid
Mozambique Tilapia
Oscar
Peacock Bass
Red Drum
Redbreast Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
Redfin Pickerel
Redspotted Sunfish
Shoal Bass
Spotted Bass
Spotted Sunfish
Spotted Tilapia
Striped Bass
Striped Mullet
Suckermouth Catfish
Sunfish (Bream)
Suwannee Bass
Threadfin Shad
Warmouth
White Bass
White Catfish
Yellow Bullhead

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FishExplorer Lakes with Warmouth
Lake Alfred
Alligator Lake
Lake Apopka
Lake Arbuckle
Lake Ariana
Lake Baldwin
Bay Lake
Bear Lake
Lake Beauclair
Big Sand Lake
Black Lake
Lake Blue Cypress
Lake Bryant
Lake Buffum
Butler Chain
Lake Cannon
Lake Carlton
Cat Lake
Center Lake
Clear Lake
Lake Clinch
Lake Conlin
Lake Conway
Crescent Lake
Crews Lake
Crooked Lake
Cypress Lake
Dead Lakes
Deer Point Lake
Lake Denham
Lake Dexter
Lake Dias
Lake Disston
Doctors Lake
Lake Dora
Lake Dorr
Eagle Lake
East Lake Tohopekaliga
Edward Medard Reservoir
Ella Lake
Lake Eloise
Lake Eustis
Lake Fairview
Lake Gentry
Lake George
Lake Griffin
Lake Haines
Lake Hancock
Lake Harris
Lake Hart
Lake Hartridge
Lake Hatchineha
Lake Hellen Blazes
Holly Lake
Lake Howard
Lake Ida
Lake Ivanhoe
Lake Jesup
John's Lake
Kenansville Lake
Lake Kerr
Lake Kissimmee
Lake Lawne
Little Lake Harris
Lake Lizzie
Loughman Lake
Lake Louisa
Lake Marian
Lake Mary Jane
Lake Minnehaha
Lake Minneola
Lake Miona
Lake Monroe
Ocean Pond
Lake Okeechobee
Lake Osborne
Lake Panasoffkee
Lake Poinsett
Puzzle Lake
Lake Rochelle
Rodman Reservoir
Lake Rosalie
Lake Rousseau
Sawgrass Lake
Sellers Lake
Shipp Lake
South Lake
Starke Lake
Stick Marsh
Lake Summit
Lake Tarpon
Lake Tibet
Lake Tohopekaliga
Lake Trafford
Trout Lake (Osceola Cty)
Turkey Lake
Lake Underhill
Lake Washington
Lake Weir
Lake Weohyakapka
Wildcat Lake
Lake Winder
Lake Woodruff
Lake Yale
FishExplorer Rivers with Warmouth
Only lakes in the Fish Explorer database are included in this listing. Lakes we feature on this website are hyperlinked.
Warmouth
The Warmouth sunfish is native to the United States, from Minnesota to western Pennsylvania in the north and from the Rio Grande in New Mexico east to the Atlantic in the south. The name originated from the stripes around its mouth resembling war paint.  Warmouths are easily identified and distinguished from other sunfish by their large mouths. These smallish sunfish (6-8 inches) have the body of a bream and the head of a bass. Warmouths are rather aggressive, often striking at lures and baits even after being recently released moments before.
 
These sunfish prefer heavily vegetated, muddy-bottomed ponds and streams. Aquatic vegetation, stumps and snags, and under the banks of streams and ponds are attractive haunts for them to ambush prey. Their tolerance for muddy water is higher than most species. The similar looking rock bass is rarely found living in the same habitat as the warmouth sunfish.
 
Spawning occurs in late spring.  Nests are made over aquatic vegetation and as it is with other sunfish, the males guard the eggs until the fry hatch. Chasing off intruders with gill covers spread wide and mouth open by making himself appear larger. Most live six to seven years.
 
Small freshwater are an important food source. Other prey items include small crayfishes, aquatic insect larvae, and minnows. Feeding occurs primarily in the low light hours of morning and evening.

Warmouth in Florida

The following is courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:
 
Appearance: 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.
 
Habitat:  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 species.
 
Behavior: 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.
 
State Record: 2.44 lbs. Big Catch: 10 inches or 0.75 lbs.
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