Massachusetts Panfish Fishing
All about fishing for panfish in MA lakes and ponds.
Throughout the state of Massachusetts you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, white perch and yellow perch.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water streams, ponds and lakes throughout Massachusetts, 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 Massachusetts
Panfish, sunfish, bluegills and perch are available in most waters throughout the state. Private ponds with little fishing pressure often serve up the state record panfish. However the larger populations can be found in major lakes including Assawompset Pond, Cheshire Reservoir, Congamond Lake, Hamilton Reservoir, Lake Chaubunagungamaug, Lake Cochituate, Lake Garfield, Lake Rohunta, Lake Quinsigamond, Long Pond, Norton Reservoir, Otis Reservoir, Quabbin Reservoir, South Watuppa Pond and Wachusett Reservoir.
The list of panfish is comprised of many fishes, the bluegill tops the list and is the most common.
The MA state record sunfish is from South Athol Pond, the state record white perch came from Wachusett Reservoir and the state record yellow perch from South Watuppa Pond.
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
MA State Record: 2 lbs 1 oz
World record: 4.6 lbs
MA State Record: 3 lbs 2 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
MA State Record: 2 lbs 12 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 Massachusetts fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.
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