in Idaho for Bluegills, Green Sunfish, Pumpkinseed Sunfish,
Warmouth, Yellow Perch and Other ID Panfish.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water
streams, ponds and lakes throughout Idaho 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 Fishing Lakes In Idaho
Often, small private ponds yield the biggest panfish. Yet day
in and day out the larger impoundments tend to produce the bigger
stringers. Try your luck for panfish at
American Falls Reservoir, Anderson Ranch Reservoir, Arrowrock
Reservoir, Blackfoot Reservoir, Brownlee Reservoir, C J Strike
Reservoir, Cascade Reservoir, Coeur D'Alene Lake, Hayden Lake,
Hells Canyon Reservoir, Lake Lowell, Lake Pend Oreille, Lake
Walcott, Lucky Peak Reservoir, Magic Reservoir, Mormon Reservoir,
Mud Lake, Paddock Valley Reservoir, Priest Lake, Ririe Reservoir,
Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir or Spirit Lake.
The Idaho state record bluegill sunfish was caught out of C.J.
Strike Reservoir. Hauser Lake produced the Idaho state record
green sunfish. Chase Lake was home to the ID state record pumpkinseed
sunfish. The state record warmouth came out of the Snake River
and Wilson Lake yielded the state record yellow perch.
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 Idaho 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: 2.4 lbs
USA Record: 3.75 lbs
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ID Sunfish Fishing - All About Fishing for Bluegill
& Other Panfish in Idaho.