The warmouth is a member of the Centrarchidae family of sunfish and has white, flaky ﬂesh.
IdentificationThe warmouth has a deep, stout body and is olive brown above and cream to bright yellow below, often with an overall purple luster and a dark brown chain like mottling on the back and the upper sides. Dark, red brown lines extend from the back of each eye.
On a breeding male, there is a red orange spot on the yellow edge of each short ear ﬂap, and there are dark brown spots and wavy bands on the ﬁns. The warmouth has a large mouth and a patch of teeth on the tongue, and the upper jaw extends under or past the pupils of the eyes. It also has short, rounded pectoral fins and stiff rear edges on its gill covers.