in California for Green Sunfish, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Redear
Sunfish, Tilapia, Warmouth, White Bass and Other CA Panfish.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water
streams, ponds and lakes throughout California 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.
Best Sunfish Fishing Lakes In California.
Some of the major waters that hold panfish in California include
Lake Almanor, Lake Berryessa, Bullards Bar Reservoir, Clear Lake,
Folsom Lake, Lake Oroville and Lake Shasta in Northern
CA. Try your panfish skills at The Delta, Lake Don Pedro,
Lake McClure, Millerton Lake, Lake Nacimiento, New Melones Lake
and Pine Flat Lake in Central CA. For panfish
CA try Big Bear Lake, Lake Cahuilla, Lake Castaic, Lake Elsinore, El
Capitan Lake, Lake Hodges, Laguna Niguel Lake, Lower Otay Lake,
Pyramid Lake, San Vicente Lake, Lake Silverwood, Lake Skinner and
The California state record bluegill sunfish was taken out of
Lower Otay Reservoir and a private pond near Bella Vista produced
the CA syaye record green sunfish. The CA state record pumpkinseed
sunfish was caught from
Mt. Meadows Reservoir. Folsom So. Canal was home to the
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 California bluegill fishing
articles in the articles section.
Crappie are also considered panfish. For details on crappie visit
World Record: 2.1 lbs.
World Record: 1.4 lbs
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.
For general information on local fishing visit the
Fishing home page.
CA Sunfish Fishing - All About Fishing for Bluegill
& Other Panfish in California.