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Arkansas Panfish Fishing

All about fishing for sunfish in AR lakes and ponds.

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Throughout the state of Arkansas you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, flier sunfish, green sunfish, longear sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, tilapia, warmouth, white bass, yellow bass and yellow perch.

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

All lakes as well as rivers and streams in Arkansas have one or more species of panfish. The larger lakes like Beaver Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Bull Shoals Lake, DeGray Lake, Greers Ferry Lake, Lake Chicot, Lake Conway, Lake Dardanelle, Lake Greeson, Lake Hamilton, Lake Jack Lee, Lake Maumelle, Lake Millwood, Lake Ouachita, Nimrod Lake, Norfork Lake and White Oak Lake tend to have quality populations of panfish with little fishing pressure.


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. The Arkansas state record bluegill was taken from an unknown pond and the state record flier sunfish was caught out of the Saline River. Dierks Pond produced the state record green sunfish and Table Rock Lake was home to the Arkansas state record longear sunfish. Lake Bois dArc produced the Arkansas state record redear sunfish.

Fishing for panfish in Arkansas



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

AR State Record: 3 lbs 4 oz

Flier Sunfish

Flier sunfish

World record: 1 lbs 4 oz

AR State Record: 0 lbs 14 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

AR State Record: 1 lbs 11 oz

Longear Sunfish

Longear sunfish

World record: 1.75 lbs

AR State Record: 1 lbs 2 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

AR State Record: 2 lbs 14 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

AR State Record: 1 lbs 8 oz



World record: 4.4 lbs

AR State Record: 3 lbs 8 oz



World record: 2.4 lbs

AR State Record: 1 lbs 8 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

AR State Record: 5 lbs 6 oz

Yellow Bass

Yellow bass

World record: 2 lbs 15 oz

AR State Record: 2 lbs 2 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

AR State Record: 1 lbs 11 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.

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

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