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Guide to fishing for sunfish in AL lakes and ponds.

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Throughout the state of Alabama you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth, white bass, yellow bass and yellow perch. Panfish Lakes. Panfish provide an excellent way to introduce youth to the fun of fishing.

Alabama provides favorable opportunities for panfish fishing, making it an ideal activity for youth anglers. Sunfish, including bluegill and redear sunfish, are abundant in the state's lakes, ponds, and reservoirs. These colorful and feisty fish are perfect for young anglers to target due to their willingness to bite and their ability to provide consistent action. Bluegill can be found near structure such as docks, fallen trees, or weed beds, while redear sunfish are often found in areas with sandy or muddy bottoms. Kids can use small hooks, bobbers, and live bait like worms or crickets to entice sunfish bites.

Perch, such as yellow perch or white perch, are another popular panfish species in Alabama. While not as widely distributed as sunfish, perch can still be found in certain lakes and reservoirs throughout the state. Perch fishing can be an exciting and rewarding experience for young anglers. They tend to be found near submerged vegetation or structures like brush piles. Kids can use small jigs tipped with live bait or artificial bait to target perch.

Panfish fishing in Alabama provides youth anglers with an opportunity to learn basic fishing skills, enjoy the outdoors, and experience the thrill of catching fish. These fish species are typically abundant, making it easier for young anglers to achieve success and stay engaged in the fishing activity. The small size of panfish also makes them manageable for kids to handle and release.

It's important for youth anglers and their families to practice responsible fishing and adhere to fishing regulations, including size and bag limits, to help maintain healthy fish populations and ensure the sustainability of the fishery. Alabama offers a variety of fishing locations suitable for panfish, including urban fishing ponds, community lakes, and larger reservoirs. These locations often provide amenities such as fishing piers, picnic areas, and restrooms, making them family-friendly and accessible for young anglers.

Panfish fishing in Alabama is not only a fun and educational experience for youth anglers but also an opportunity for families to bond and create lasting memories. It encourages a love for the outdoors, a respect for nature, and the development of valuable fishing skills that can last a lifetime.

Sunfish Fishing Lakes in Alabama

In addition to most ponds and rivers, major lakes including Aliceville Lake, Bankhead Lake, Bartlett’s Ferry Reservoir, Bear Creek Reservoir, Big Creek Lake, Cedar Creek Reservoir, Gainesville Lake, Jones Bluff Reservoir, Jordan Lake, Lake Eufaula, Lake Guntersville, Lake Harding, Lake Martin, Lake Mitchell, Lake Oliver, Lake Tuscaloosa, Lake Wedowee, Lay Lake, Lewis Smith Lake, Logan Martin Lake, Millers Ferry Reservoir, Neely Henry Lake, Pickensville Lake, Pickwick Lake, R E Bob Woodruff Lake, R L Harris Reservoir, Smith Lake, Walter F. George Lake, Weiss Lake, West Point Lake, Wheeler Lake, William Bill Dannelly Reservoir, Wilson Lake and Yates Lake have large populations of panfish including bluegills and a variety of other sunfish.

Top Producing Panfish Lures & Bait

Check out the top producing lures and bait for bluegill, redear sunfish, rock bass and warmouth, as well as other smaller sunfish. Click here for the best lures for white bass, yellow bass, white perch and yellow perch.

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In-state panfish, sunfish and perch



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 12 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.2 lbs

State Record: 1 lbs 9 oz

Longear Sunfish

Longear sunfish

World record: 1.75 lbs

State Record: 0 lbs 8 oz

Redbreast Sunfish

Redbreast sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 1 lbs 4 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

State Record: 4 lbs 4 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

State Record: 1 lbs 6 oz



World record: 2.4 lbs

State Record: 1 lbs 12 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

State Record: 4 lbs 9 oz

Yellow Bass

Yellow bass

World record: 2 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 8 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 2 oz

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Alabama State Record Sunfish

The state record bluegill was caught from Ketona Lakes.

The state record green sunfish came from McLamore Pond.

The state record longear sunfish came from the Yellow River.

The state record redbreast sunfish is from the Choctawhatchee River.

The state record redear sunfish came out of Chattahoochee State Park Lake.

The state record rockbass was caught in the Paint Rock River.

The state record warmouth came out of a farm pond.

The state record white bass came from the Warrior River.

The state record yellow bass was served up by Guntersville Reservoir.

The state record yellow perch was caught from Yates Reservoir.

The term "sunfish" comprises many species, each called by a variety of names. The bluegill tops the list and is the most common.


One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water streams, ponds and lakes throughout Alabama, 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.

Bluegill Fishing Basics Video

The core principles shown in this video will work for most sunfish, perch and other 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.


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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 Alabama fishing waters.