Michael R. Roberts, Recreational Angler
- Valley Lee, MD
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Posted on June 4, 2013 | Permalink
Help With Fish ID
Location: St Mary's County Farm Pound
I need some help on identification of this fish. I have caught several of these in a farm pond in St. Mary’s County. They have red eyes and a larger mouth than any sunfish. I have caught them on live bait as well as several different types of artificial baits. I could swear it is a Rock Bass (“redeye”) but I didn’t know they could live in warm water ponds. I thought Rock Bass needed colder, moving water. I have caught Rock Bass in the New River in SW Virginia. Any help as appreciated.
DNR Response: This is most likely a Warmouth. You are correct - Rock Bass tends to be more of a lotic species, it’s definitely not a Rock Bass though. Warmouth have somewhat larger mouths and the pattern looks right. There was though it could be a Redear Sunfish, but after checking the distribution of both species we have to conclude it’s a Warmouth.