in Wisconsin for Bluegills, Green Sunfish, Pumpkinseed Sunfish,
Rock Bass, Warmouth, White Bass, White Perch, Yellow Perch and
Other WI Panfish.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water
streams, ponds and lakes throughout Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin
You could search for a long while before finding fishing waters
in WI absent of one or more species of sunfish. They tend to be
everywhere. Fish for them in ponds, rivers, parks, small lakes
and major Wisconsin lakes including Beaver Dam Lake, Big Eau Pleine
Reservoir, Castle Rock Lake, Fence Lake, Gile Flowage, Green Lake,
Grindstone Lake, Holcombe Flowage, Lac Vieux Desert, Lake Butte
des Morts, Lake Chippewa, Lake Chetac, Lake du Bay, Lake Geneva,
Lake Kegonsa, Lake Koshkonong, Lake Michigan, Lake Monona, Lake
Mendota, Lake Pepin, Lake Poygan, Lake Puckaway, Lake Superior,
Lake Winnebago, Lake Wisconsin, Lake Wissota, Long Lake, Namekagon
Lake, North Twin Lake, Pelican Lake, Petenwell Lake, Rainbow Flowage,
Shawano Lake, Shell Lake, Tomahawk Lake, Trout Lake, Turtle Flambeau
Flowage and Willow Reservoir.
Lake Michigan was home to the Wisconsin state record bluegill
and the WI state record green sunfish came from Wind Lake . Big
Round Lake produced the Washington state
pumpkinseed sunfish. Lake Michigan - Sturgeon produced the state
record white perch and the WI state record yellow perch was caught
from Lake Winnebago.
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 Wisconsin bluegill fishing
articles in the articles section.
Crappie are also considered panfish. For details on crappie visit
World Record: 2.1 lbs.
World Record: 1.4 lbs
World Record: 3.0 lbs.
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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