Tennessee Panfish Fishing
All about fishing for panfish in TN lakes and ponds.
Throughout the state of Tennessee you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, flier sunfish, green sunfish, longear sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, spotted sunfish, warmouth, white bass, yellow bass and yellow perch.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water streams, ponds and lakes throughout Tennessee, and around the world for that matter. They can survive in waters that provide their natural food source of minnows, insects, crustaceans and worms. Their competitive nature amongst themselves, for food, makes them relatively easy to catch.
Panfish Fishing Lakes In Tennessee
Fall Creek and a private pond each turned out matching Tennessee state record bluegill and the TN state record flier sunfish was pulled out of Blair Lake. North Cross Creek was home to the TN state record green sunfish and Dogwood lake served up the Tennessee state record pumpkinseed sunfish. The state record redbreast sunfish came out of the Holston River and the state record for redear sunfish came from a pond. Melton Hill Reservoir and the Hiwassee River produced a tie for the state record yellow perch.
They are everywhere. Choose Boone Lake, Calderwood Reservoir, Center Hill Lake, Cheatham Lake, Cherokee Lake, Chickamauga Lake, Chilhowee Lake, Cordell Hull Lake, Dale Hollow Reservoir, Douglas Lake, Fort Loudoun Lake, Fort Patrick Henry Reservoir, Great Falls Lake, J Percy Priest Lake, John Sevier Reservoir, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Melton Hill Lake, Nickajack Lake, Normandy Lake, Norris Lake, Ocoee Lake, Old Hickory Lake, Parksville Reservoir, Percy Priest Lake, Pickwick Lake, Reelfoot Lake, South Holston Lake, Tellico Reservoir, Tims Ford Lake, Watauga Lake, Watts Bar Lake and Woods Reservoir...and you'll find healthy panfish. Statewide, ponds, rivers and smaller lakes also have panfish.
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 source.
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.
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
TN State Record: 3 lbs 0 oz
World record: 1 lbs 4 oz
TN State Record: 0 lbs 8 oz
World record: 2.1 lbs
TN State Record: 1 lbs 4 oz
World record: 1.75 lbs
TN State Record: 0 lbs 13 oz
World record: 2 lbs 4 oz
TN State Record: 0 lbs 5 oz
World record: 2 lbs 0 oz
TN State Record: 1 lbs 5 oz
World record: 5.4 lbs
TN State Record: 3 lbs 6 oz
World record: 3.0 lbs
TN State Record: 2 lbs 8 oz
World record: N/A
TN State Record: 0 lbs 5 oz
World record: 2.4 lbs
TN State Record: 1 lbs 12 oz
World record: 6.8 lbs
TN State Record: 5 lbs 10 oz
World record: 2 lbs 15 oz
TN State Record: 2 lbs 9 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
TN State Record: 2 lbs 2 oz
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Panfish fishing information for other states.
Learn the lifecycle of a panfish
There is a host of panfish anglers can pursue. Visit the panfish fishing page for details on many of these sunfish you might encounter in Tennessee fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.
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