Is a Warmouth a Green Sunfish?

Discussion in 'Bluegill Fishing' started by Panfish Bill, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. Panfish Bill

    Panfish Bill Active Member

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    I found a spot with a bunch of little fish. The face looks like a green sunfish but has a really dark body. My friend called them Warmouths. I didn't take a picture... are they Green sunfish?
     
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  2. Panfish Bill

    Panfish Bill Active Member

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    Actually looking at pictures of both on the internet I think they are Green Sunfish. Hooray! I found baby ones to catch haha!
     

  3. Nick Welch

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    Easy answer would be no but they are in the same family
     
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  4. the blues

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    Some people call them rock bass but goggle eye is what they are called in Mo.
     
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  5. BBK

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    No, they are not. Hard to ID from memory, snap a pic next time and compare it. The easiest way to ID the two is the green sunfish has blue streaks on the cheeks.
     
  6. BBK

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    If you want to catch baby green sunfish then go to a body of water that has them and find a shoreline with riprap, broken concrete, or chunk limestone. Take a tiny hook with a piece of anything (small piece of plastic worm, real worm, cricket, cigarette butt, anything) and drop it in the crevices between the rocks. They will shoot out and grab it and take it back under, so be quick or they'll get you snagged. If one is under that rock, he will eat it in 1/4 of a second.

    I'd rather use a 7- 8" greeny though.
     
  7. wolfman

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    Ive heard all 3 names warmouth, green sunfish and rock bass. I believe the warmouth and rock bass are the same fish, the green sunfish has a bit different look to me.
     
  8. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    stare and compare
    green sunfish
    green sunfish.jpg
    rock bass
    rock bass.jpg
    warmouth
    warmouth.jpg green sunfish.jpg rock bass.jpg warmouth.jpg
     
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  9. BBK

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    The warmouth (Lepomis gulosus) is not even in the same family as the northern rock bass (Ambloplites rupestris). The warmouth is closely related to the green sunfish (Lepomis cyanellous?) though.
     
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  10. Nick Welch

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    Bbk interesting. how close they look to one another i assumed all three were in the same family
     
  11. Panfish Bill

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    I have yet to go back there to catch one. I want to grow them out in my 300 gallon tote and use as flathead bait next year. My buddy has some small ponds too. Start a Green Sunfish Factory. I think its legal in Tennessee as there is no restrictions on live Sunfish.

    They did have the blue lines on the gills and dark green bodies. I may even film myself catching these guys.
     
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  12. Panfish Bill

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    Finally got time to visit the spot. Lots of little ones.
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