in Rhode Island for Bluegills, White Bass, Yellow Perch and
Other RI Panfish.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water
streams, ponds and lakes throughout Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island
Panfish can be found in many waters across RI. Many ponds, rivers
and lakes including Beach Pond, Indian
Lake, Johnson Pond, Pascoag Reservoir Echo Lake and Tiogue Lake
have one or more types of sunfish.
The Rhode Island state record common sunfish was caught from Indian
Lake. No location is recorded for the RI state record bluegill.
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 Rhode Island 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
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RI Sunfish Fishing - All About Fishing for Bluegill
& Other Panfish in Rhode Island.