Arizona Panfish Fishing
All about fishing for panfish in AZ lakes and ponds.
Throughout the state of Arizona you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, tilapia, white bass, yellow bass and yellow perch.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water streams, ponds and lakes throughout Arizona, 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.
Alamo Lake, Apache Lake, Bartlett Lake, Canyon Lake, Lake Havasu, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave, Lake Pleasant, Lake Powell, Lees Ferry, Lynx Lake, Martinez Lake, Rainbow Lake, Roosevelt Lake, Saguaro Lake Show Low Lake, San Carlos Lake and Watson Lake are among the Arizona lakes offering a variety of panfish.
The Arizona state record bluegill was caught out of Goldwater Lake. The state record rock bass came from the Upper Verde River. Lake Pleasant served up the state record white bass. Upper Lake Mary yielded the state record yellow bass. The AZ state record green sunfish was caught out of Canyon Lake. Patagonia Lake was home to the state record hybrid sunfish and Goldwater Lake delivered the state record redear sunfish. The state record tilapia was taken out of Saguaro Lake. Stoneman Lake is where the state record yellow perch was caught.
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 term "panfish" comprises many species, each called by a variety of names. The bluegill tops the list and is the most common.
In-state panfish, sunfish and perch
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 3 lbs 15.68 oz
World record: 2.1 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 9 oz
World record: N/A
State Record: 2 lbs 2.22 oz
World record: 5.4 lbs
State Record: 3 lbs 9 oz
World record: 3.0 lbs
State Record: 0 lbs 12.96 oz
World record: 4.4 lbs
State Record: 7 lbs 8.8 oz
World record: 6.8 lbs
State Record: 4 lbs 12 oz
World record: 2 lbs 15 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 2.56 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 1 lbs 10 oz
By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.
Bluegill Fishing Basics Video
The core principles shown in this video will work for most sunfish, perch and other panfish.
Sunfish information in 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 Arizona fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.