in New York for Bluegills, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Rock Bass,
White Bass, White Perch, Yellow Perch and Other NY Panfish.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water
streams, ponds and lakes throughout New York 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 York
Panfish are in most fishing waters in NY, particularly the warmer
waters. They are a part of the food source for predator fish like
bass and walleye. You can find panfish in ponds, rivers, lakes
Allegheny Reservoir, Ashokan Reservoir, Black Lake, Blue Mountain
Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Cannonsville Reservoir, Carry Falls Reservoir,
Cayuga Lake, Chautauqua Lake, Conesus Lake, Cranberry Lake, Great
Sacandaga Lake, Indian Lake, Keuka Lake, Lake Champlain, Lake Erie,
Lake George, Lake Ontario, Lake Placid, Long Lake, Lows Lake -
Bog River Flow, Oneida Lake, Otsego Lake, Owasco Lake, Pepacton
Reservoir, Piseco Lake, Raquette Lake, Saratoga Lake, Seneca Lake,
Schroon Lake, Skaneateles Lake, Tupper Lake, Union Falls Pond and
Upper Saranac Lake all have populations of panfish.
The New York state record bluegill came from Kohlbach Pond.
Oscaleta Lake produced the state record white perch and Indian
Lake delivered the NY state record pumpkinseed sunfish. The NY
state record yellow perch came from Lake Erie.
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 York 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.
World Record: 6.8 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.
NY Sunfish Fishing - All About Fishing for Bluegill
& Other Panfish in New York.