in Iowa for Bluegills, Green Sunfish, Rock Bass, Spotted Sunfish,
White Bass, Yellow Bass, Yellow Perch and Other IA Panfish.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water
streams, ponds and lakes throughout Iowa 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 Iowa
Chances are there are no lakes of any consequence in IA that
do not have a population of panfish. The state record for bluegill
and green sunfish were caught from private ponds. Morse Lake
yielded the state record for yellow perch.
All the major lakes including Big Creek Lake, Big Spirit Lake,
Black Hawk Lake, Browns Lake, Brushy Creek Lake, Clear Lake,
Coralville Lake, DeSoto Bend Lake, East Okoboji Lake, Five Island
Lake, Lake Icaria, Lake MacBride, Lake Manawa, Little River Lake,
Lost Island Lake, North Twin Lake, Pleasant Creek Lake, Rathbun
Lake, Red Rock Lake, Rock Creek Lake, Saylorville Lake, Silver
Lake Palo Alto, Spirit Lake, Storm Lake, Three Mile Lake, Trumbull
Lake, Tuttle Lake, Twelve Mile Creek Lake and West Okoboji Lake
have quality populations of panfish.
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 Iowa bluegill fishing
articles in the articles section.
Crappie are also considered panfish. For details on crappie visit
World Record: 2.1 lbs.
World Record: 3.0 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: 6.8 lbs.
World Record: 4.2 lbs
USA Record: 3.75 lbs
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IA Sunfish Fishing - All About Fishing for Bluegill
& Other Panfish in Iowa.