in Georgia for Bluegills, Flier Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Redbreast
Sunfish, Redear Sunfish, Spotted Sunfish, Warmouth, White Bass,
Yellow Perch and Other GA Panfish.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water
streams, ponds and lakes throughout Georgia 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 Georgia
Georgia is a virtual fish factory. Panfish like most species
flourish in the warm waters with long growing seasons. All major
lakes including Lake Allatoona, Banks Lake, Blue Ridge Lake,
Carters Lake, Chatuge Lake, Hartwell Lake, J. Strom Thurmond
Lake, Lake Blackshear, Lake Jackson, Lake Seminole, Lake Sidney
Lanier, Nottely Lake, Oconee Lake, Richard B Russell Lake, Walter
F George - Eufaula and West Point Lake have a population of panfish.
The state record bluegill was caught in Shamrock Lake while
green, redbreast, redear and flier sunfish records were all caught
in private ponds. Lake Burton yielded the state record yellow
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 Georgia 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: 1.7 lbs.
The males are quite colorful with red, orange or yellow breasts
with dark green upper bodies. Females are colored the same but
in drab shades of the same colors. They prefers water temperatures
ranging from 76 to 84 degrees. Redear sunfish are also commonly
called longear bream, redbreasted bream and yellowbreast bream.
Worms, larve, crickets, insects, cut bait and prepared bait all
work well on small hooks and light line.
World Record: 5.4 lbs.
Green on the top and often reddish to brown on the lower sides,
they have a dark or black ear covering which looks like a black
spot. The spotted sunfish naturally inhabits streams, creeks and
rivers. They prefer areas with gravel or sand and plenty of vegetation.
Their favorite foods include invertebrates, insects and small fishes
but will feed on virtually anything edible including plants. They
will also rise to feed on the sirface. The spotted sunfish prefers
water temperatures from 70 to 89 degrees. They are small but quite
good eating. Fish for them with ultra-light tackle using virtually
anything edible as bait on very small hooks.
World Record: 2.4 lbs
World Record: 6.8 lbs.
USA Record: 3.75 lbs
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GA Sunfish Fishing - All About Fishing for Bluegill
& Other Panfish in Georgia.