in New Jersey for Bluegills, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Rock Bass,
White Perch, Yellow Perch and Other NJ Panfish.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water
streams, ponds and lakes throughout New Jersey 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 New Jersey
Because panfish are in the middle of the food chain in most fishing
waters, you can find them virtually everywhere. Major lakes like
Greenwood Lake, Lake Hopatcong, Manasquan Reservoir, Merrill Creek
Reservoir, Monksville Reservoir, Oak Ridge Reservoir, Round Valley
Reservoir, Spruce Run Reservoir, Swartswood Lake, Union Lake and
Wanaque Reservoir all have healthy populations of one or more species
of sunfish. Mosy small lakes, rivers and ponds also contain panfish.
The New Jersey state record bluegill sunfish and pumpkinseed sunfish
were pulled from a private pond. The NJ state record white perch
was caught from Forest Hill Lake and the state record yellow perch
came from Holiday 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 New Jersey bluegill fishing
articles in the articles section.
Crappie are also considered panfish. For details on crappie visit
World Record: 1.4 lbs
World Record: 3.0 lbs.
USA Record: 4.6 lbs
The white perch is named for its color which ig generally white
or silver with shades of adaptive color from its environment to
help it hide from predators. They are a good tasting fish and are
even fished commercially. They are quite prolific and can be considered
a nuisance in some waters. They prefer water temperatures from
62 to 70 degrees. Also known as perch, silver perch, perch and
grey perch. White perch make a great fish fry with nice filets
coming from ones approaching a pound. Use light tackle to fish
for white perch. For bait, use worms, minnows, jigs, spoons and
small lures imitating baitfish.
USA Record: 3.75 lbs
For general information on local fishing visit the
Fishing home page.
NJ Sunfish Fishing - All About Fishing for Bluegill
& Other Panfish in New Jersey.