in Maryland for Bluegills, Redear Sunfish, Rock Bass, White Perch,
Yellow Perch and Other MD Panfish.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water
streams, ponds and lakes throughout Maryland 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 Maryland
Panfish are everywhere. They are a major part of food source
for larger, predator fish. They also make a pretty tasty fish
fry. Larger individual fish tend to come from private ponds while
the larger schools of common-size fish tend to be found in larger
impoundments like Deep Creek Lake, Liberty Reservoir, Little
Seneca Lake, Loch Raven Reservoir, Prettyboy Reservoir, Rocky
Gorge Reservoir, St. Mary's Lake, Triadelphia Reservoir and Youghiogheny
The state record bluegill was caught from Deep Creek Lake. The
state record white perch was caught from Loch Raven Reservoir
while its yellow counterpart was caught from a private pond.
Gilbert Run yielded the state record redear sunfish. So if you
live near virtually any fishing waters, you probably have 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 Maryland bluegill fishing
articles in the articles section.
Crappie are also considered panfish. For details on crappie visit
World Record: 5.4 lbs.
World Record: 3.0 lbs.
World Record: 6.8 lbs.
USA Record: 3.75 lbs
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MD Sunfish Fishing - All About Fishing for Bluegill
& Other Panfish in Maryland.