in Minnesota for Bluegills, Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish,
Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Rock Bass, White Bass, Yellow Perch and
Other MN Panfish.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water
streams, ponds and lakes throughout Minnesota 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 Minnesota
Minnesota is the land of ten-thousand lakes and you can be sure
a high percentage of them have one or species of panfish as residents.
State records typically come from small lakes and private ponds
that receive little fishing pressure. The larger, more consistent
schools of panfish come from some of the major lakes in this state
including Big Stone Lake, Cass Lake, Kabetogama Lake, Lake Mille
Lacs, Lake of the Woods, Lake Pepin, Lake Traverse, Lake Vermilion,
Lake Winnibigoshish, Lake Minnetonka, Lake Minnewaska, Lake Superior,
Lac Qui Parle Lake, Leech Lake, Lower Red Lake, Otter Tail Lake,
Rainy Lake, Upper Red Lake and many others.
The Minnesota state record bluegill was caught out of Alice Lake
and the state record green sunfish was pulled from North Arbor
Lake. The Middle Fork Zumbro River gave up the state record hybrid
sunfish while the state record pumpkinseed sunfish was caught from
Leech Lake. The state record yellow perch was caught from Lake
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 Minnesota bluegill fishing
articles in the articles section.
Crappie are also considered panfish. For details on crappie visit
World Record: 2.1 lbs.
A favorite for private and farm ponds, the green sunfish is native
to lakes and ponds and prefers heavily vegetated areas. Their diet
consists of small invertebrates, insects and larvae. Use light line,
size 12 hooks and worms, crickets or cut bait. They tend to run
in schools so competition for food can make them easy prey for
anglers. Prefers water temperatures from 70 to 80 degrees. Also
known as a rock bass or goggle-eye.
World Record: 1.4 lbs
World Record: 3.0 lbs.
World Record: 6.8 lbs.
The white bass has silver sides with horizontal dark stripes and
is often called sand bass, stripes, barfish and silver bass. They
are a good fighter, fun to catch and they tend to run in schools.
Often big schools of several hundred or more. Their primary diet
is bait fish and other smaller fish but they also eat worms and
insects. Fish for the white bass on light tackle with jigs, spoons,
minnow-imitation lures and live bait including worms and minnows.
White bass often school deep, particularly in summer and winter
- moving shallower in spring and fall. Their preferred water temperature
range is from 63 to 76 degrees.
USA Record: 3.75 lbs
Possibly the best tasting of all the panfish, yellow perch are
a favorite for fish frys. They are generally yellow, to gold, to
brown in color and most often lighter shades of these colors. Dark
vertical bands decorate their sides. They average about a third
of a pound and 6 inches long, many larger ones are often caught
as well. They are often mis-named as perch, rock perch and many
others. Their primary diet consists of minnows and other small
fish, insects and worms. Yellow perch prefer water temperatures
from 66 to 70 degrees but remain active in temperatures outside
this range. They are fun to catch on ultra light tackle and can
be caught year round. They are a favorite of many ice fishing enthusiasts.
Use worms, minnows, small jigs. spinners or cut bait.
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MN Sunfish Fishing - All About Fishing for Bluegill
& Other Panfish in Minnesota.