in Arkansas for Flier Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Longear Sunfish,
Redear Sunfish, Tilapia, Warmouth, White Bass and Other
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water
streams, ponds and lakes throughout Arkansas and around the world
for that matter. They can survive in waters that provide their
natural food source of minnows, crustaceans, insects and worms.
Their competitive nature amongst themselves for food, makes them
relatively easy to catch.
Lakes In Arkansas For Sunfish
All lakes as well as rivers and streams in Arkansas have one
or more species of panfish. The larger lakes like Beaver Lake,
Bull Shoals Lake, Lake Conway, Lake Dardanelle, Greers Ferry
Lake, Lake Hamilton, Lake Jack Lee, Lake Maumelle, Lake Millwood,
Norfolk Lake and Lake Ouachita tend to have quality populations
of panfish with little fishing pressure.
The Arkansas state record bluegill was taken from an unknown
pond and the state record flier sunfish was caught out of the
Saline River. Dierks Pond produced the
record green sunfish and Table Rock Lake was home to the Arkansas
state record longear sunfish. Lake Bois dArc produced the Arkansas
state record redear sunfish.
Panfish are prolific spawners and repopulate the waters as fast
as they are harvested. A common problem with panfish fishing is
that the waters are under-fished causing panfish to overpopulate.
As a result they tend to stay small in size due to lack of food
The list of panfish is comprised of many fishes each called by
a variety of names. The bluegill tops the list and is the most common.
Check for Arkansas bluegill fishing
articles in the articles section.
Crappie are also considered panfish. For details on crappie visit
World Record: 1.25 lbs
World Record: 2.1 lbs.
World Record: 1.75 lbs.
Anglers love the longear sunfish for several reasons. They feed
on the surface making them vulnerable to fly fishermen, they are
easy for kids to catch on worms or cut baits and they make great
bait for larger predator fish. The longear sunfis prefers water
temperatures from 75 to 80 degreesand is sometimes called red-belly
bream, red perch, blackear and red bream. Use ultralight tackle,
they'll eat just about anything edible.
World Record: 5.4 lbs.
World Record: 4.4 lbs
Most tilapias are omnivorous with a preference for soft aquatic
vegetation. They are typically found in warmer waters in the southern
states, both east and west. Prefers water temperatures from 70
degrees and above, and has difficulty surviving water temperatures
below 50 degrees. Tilapia are of similar size and shape to crappie.
Fish for them like you might for bluegills using worms, crickets
and dough balls on a size 12 hook.
World Record: 2.4 lbs
World Record: 6.8 lbs.
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AR Sunfish Fishing - All About Fishing for Bluegill
& Other Panfish in Arkansas.