Indiana Panfish Fishing
All about fishing for panfish in IN lakes and ponds.
Throughout the state of Indiana you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, flier sunfish, green sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth, white bass, yellow bass and yellow perch.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water streams, ponds and lakes throughout Indiana, and around the world for that matter. They can survive in waters that provide their natural food source of minnows, insects, crustaceans and worms. Their competitive nature amongst themselves, for food, makes them relatively easy to catch.
Panfish Fishing Lakes In Indiana
Pick a lake, any lake. Virtually all have one or more species of panfish. The more consistent schools tend to come from major lakes including Brookville Lake, Cagles Mill Lake, Cecil M Hardin Lake, Dogwood Lake, Eagle Creek Reservoir, Geist Reservoir, James Lake, Lake Freeman, Lake Maxinkuckee, Lake Michigan, Lake Wawasee, Mississinewa Reservoir, Monroe Lake, Morse Reservoir, Patoka Lake, Prairie Creek Reservoir, Salamonie Lake and Turtle Creek Reservoir.
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.
Private ponds yielded the state record both bluegill and the IN state record green sunfish. The state record flier came from a stream in Jackson County. The state record rock bass was taken from Sugar Creek, the state record warmouth was caught out of North Dugger Pit, and Lake Freeman served up the IN state record white bass. Morse Reservoir was home to the state record yellow bass, and the state record yellow perch was taken out of a gravel pit in Vigo County.
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
IN State Record: 3 lbs 4 oz
World record: 1 lbs 4 oz
IN State Record: 0 lbs 3.5 oz
World record: 2.1 lbs
IN State Record: 1 lbs 10 oz
World record: 5.4 lbs
IN State Record: 3 lbs 10 oz
World record: 3.0 lbs
IN State Record: 3 lbs 0 oz
World record: 2.4 lbs
IN State Record: 1 lbs 6 oz
World record: 6.8 lbs
IN State Record: 4 lbs 3 oz
World record: 2 lbs 15 oz
IN State Record: 2 lbs 15 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
IN State Record: 2 lbs 8 oz
By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.
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 source.
Panfish fishing information for other states.
Learn the lifecycle of a panfish
There is a host of panfish anglers can pursue. Visit the panfish fishing page for details on many of these sunfish you might encounter in Indiana fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.
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