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Alabama Panfish Fishing

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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.

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.

Panfish Fishing Lakes In Alabama

Alabama sports waters with populations of panfish to fill the dreams of every young fisherman. Panfish provide an excellent way to introduce youth to the fun of fishing. 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.

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.


Ketona Lakes by Birmingham produced the Alabama state record bluegill sunfish and Ketona Lakes by Birmingham was home to the state record green sunfish. The Alabama state record longear sunfish was taken from the Yellow River and the Pea River turned out the state record redbreast sunfish. Chattahoochee State Park produced the state record redear sunfish and Guntersville Reservoir served up the state record yellow bass. The AL state record yellow perch came out of Wheeler Reservoir.

Fishing for panfish in Alabama



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

AL State Record: 4 lbs 12 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

AL State Record: 1 lbs 9 oz

Longear Sunfish

Longear sunfish

World record: 1.75 lbs

AL State Record: 0 lbs 8 oz

Redbreast Sunfish

Redbreast sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 0 oz

AL State Record: 1 lbs 4 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

AL State Record: 4 lbs 4 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

AL State Record: 1 lbs 6 oz



World record: 2.4 lbs

AL State Record: 1 lbs 12 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

AL State Record: 4 lbs 9 oz

Yellow Bass

Yellow bass

World record: 2 lbs 15 oz

AL State Record: 2 lbs 8 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

AL State Record: 1 lbs 15 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

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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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. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.

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