in Ohio for Bluegills, Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish, Longear
Sunfish, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Redear Sunfish, Rock Bass, Spotted
Sunfish, Warmouth, White Bass, White Perch, Yellow Perch and
Other OH Panfish.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water
streams, ponds and lakes throughout Ohio 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 Ohio
Ohio waters are loaded with sunfish and an array of panfish. Ponds,
creeks, rivers, parks and most fishing water in the state. They
are plentiful in some of the larger impoundments including Alum
Creek Lake, Atwood Lake, Berlin Lake, Buck Creek Lake, Buckeye
Cowan Lake, East Fork Lake, Grand Lake St Marys, Hoover Reservoir,
Indian Lake, Lake Erie, Lake Milton, Meander Creek Reservoir, Mosquito
Piedmont Reservoir, Pymatuning Lake, Rocky Fork Lake, Salt Fork
Lake, Seneca Lake, Tappan Reservoir and West Branch Lake.
Salt Fork Reservoir produced the Ohio state record bluegill.
The OH state record green sunfish, redear sunfish, hybrid
sunfish and pumpkinseed sunfish all came
out of private ponds. The state white perch record fish was pulled
from Green Creek and Lake Erie posted 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 Ohio bluegill fishing
articles in the articles section.
Crappie are also considered panfish. For details on crappie visit
World Record: 2.1 lbs.
World Record: 1.75 lbs.
Anglers love the longear sunfish for several reasons. They feed
on the surface making them vulnerable to fly fishermen, they are
easy for kids to catch on worms or cut baits and they make great
bait for larger predator fish. The longear sunfis prefers water
temperatures from 75 to 80 degreesand is sometimes called red-belly
bream, red perch, blackear and red bream. Use ultralight tackle,
they'll eat just about anything edible.
World Record: 1.4 lbs
World Record: 5.4 lbs.
World Record: 3.0 lbs.
Green on the top and often reddish to brown on the lower sides,
they have a dark or black ear covering which looks like a black
spot. The spotted sunfish naturally inhabits streams, creeks and
rivers. They prefer areas with gravel or sand and plenty of vegetation.
Their favorite foods include invertebrates, insects and small fishes
but will feed on virtually anything edible including plants. They
will also rise to feed on the sirface. The spotted sunfish prefers
water temperatures from 70 to 89 degrees. They are small but quite
good eating. Fish for them with ultra-light tackle using virtually
anything edible as bait on very small hooks.
World Record: 2.4 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
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OH Sunfish Fishing - All About Fishing for Bluegill
& Other Panfish in Ohio.