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Warmouth Sunfish

Duane Raver, Jr.
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit (The Warmouth Sunfish is not included in Delaware's panfish regulations)
Delaware Range
New Castle County
Abundance in Delaware Waters
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Warmouth Sunfish prefer marshes, shallow lakes, and slow-moving streams with soft muddy bottoms.

They feed on small crayfish, insects, and small fishes.
General Description
The Warmouth Sunfish has a large mouth and red eyes.

Three or four dark stripes (like war paint) radiate back from the eye across the cheek and gill cover.

They have large dark blotches on their sides and back which do not normally form an organized pattern.

Warmouth Sunfish lack the lateral stripes of black spots seen on the rock bass.
Did You Know?
Warmouth Sunfish are an introduced species to Delaware (meaning they are non-native).

The Warmouth Sunfish differs from other sunfish by having a patch of small teeth on the tongue.

These fish have the ability to rapidly change their color to match their surroundings like a chameleon.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Warmouth Sunfish can be caught with flies, small spinners, and small jigs.

Live bait often includes crickets, worms, and small minnows.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Warmouth Sunfish caught by anglers average less than 8 inches in length.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Warmouth Sunfish are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record
Warmouth Sunfish are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.