in Delaware for Redear Sunfish, White Perch, Yellow Perch and Other DE Panfish.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water
streams, ponds and lakes throughout Delaware 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.
Sunfish Lakes In Delaware
Panfish are everywhere in Delaware. Major lakes like Andrews
Lake, Becks Pond, Betts Pond, Chipman Pond, Concord Pond, Coursey
Pond, Garrisons Lake, Griffiths Lake, Haven Lake, Hearns Pond,
Horsey Pond, Ingrams Pond, Lums Pond, Masseys Mill Pond, McGinnis
Pond, Millsboro Pond, Moores Lake, Mud Mill Pond, Records Pond,
Silver Lake, Wagamons Pond and Waples Pond all
have populations of panfish.
The Delaware state records for both bluegill and redear sunfish
were taken out of Diamond Pond. The DE state record yellow perch
came from Red Clay Creek.
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 Delaware bluegill fishing
articles in the articles section.
Crappie are also considered panfish. For details on crappie visit
World Record: 5.4 lbs.
USA Record: 4.6 lbs
The white perch is named for its color which ig generally white
or silver with shades of adaptive color from its environment to
help it hide from predators. They are a good tasting fish and are
even fished commercially. They are quite prolific and can be considered
a nuisance in some waters. They prefer water temperatures from
62 to 70 degrees. Also known as perch, silver perch, perch and
grey perch. White perch make a great fish fry with nice filets
coming from ones approaching a pound. Use light tackle to fish
for white perch. For bait, use worms, minnows, jigs, spoons and
small lures imitating baitfish.
USA Record: 3.75 lbs
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DE Sunfish Fishing - All About Fishing for Bluegill
& Other Panfish in Delaware.