I have a question about the two fish pictured below. These are both from southeast Texas, but from two different river systems. Both are from within a 80 mile radius of Houston, TX. I felt very confident that both of these fish were warmouth (Lepomis gulosus), but when I was questioned on it, I began to doubt myself. What are your opinions? Warmouth or something else?
Both have a large mouth, extending past the pupil when closed. They both have short, round pectoral fins. Both ear flaps are short, black with a little spot of yellow to red at the edge.