in North Dakota for Bluegills, White Bass, Yellow Perch and
Other ND Panfish.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water
streams, ponds and lakes throughout North Dakota 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 North Dakota
Try to find fishing waters without one or more species of panfish.
It might be difficult. They populate all the major lakes including
Arrowwood Lake, Bowman-Haley Lake, Buffalo Lodge Lake, Devils Lake,
Dry Lake, Jamestown Reservoir, Lake Ashtabula, Lake Audubon, Lake
Darling, Lake Metigoshe, Lake Sakakawea, Lake Tschida, Pipestem Lake,
Powers Lake and Stump Lake. They are in rivers, streams, parks,
small lakes and private ponds.
The North Dakota state record bluegill came out of Strawberry
Lake and Devils lake gave up 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 North Dakota bluegill fishing
articles in the articles section.
Crappie are also considered panfish. For details on crappie visit
World Record: 6.8 lbs.
USA Record: 3.75 lbs
For general information on local fishing visit the
Fishing home page.
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ND Sunfish Fishing - All About Fishing for Bluegill
& Other Panfish in North Dakota.