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Connecticut Panfish & Perch Fishing

All about fishing for panfish in CT lakes and ponds.

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Throughout the state of Connecticut you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass and yellow perch.

One or more species of sunfish or perch populate virtually all warm water streams, ponds and lakes throughout Connecticut, and around the world for that matter. They can survive in waters that provide their natural food source of minnows, insects, tadpoles, crustaceans and worms. Their competitive nature amongst themselves, for food, makes them relatively easy to catch.

Panfish Fishing Lakes In Connecticut

You'll find populations of sunfish and bluegills in most lakes in CT including Alexander Lake, Amos Lake, Bantam Lake, Bashan Lake, Beach Pond, Black Pond, Candlewood Lake, Cedar Lake, Colebrook River Lake, Crystal Lake, Gardner Lake, Green Falls Pond, Highland Lake, Lake Beseck, Lake Lillinonah, Lake Marie, Lake Quassapaug, Lake Saltonstall, Lake Zoar, Lower Bolton Lake, Mansfield Hollow Lake, Mashapaug Lake, Middle Bolton Lake, Moodus Reservoir, Mudge Pond, Pachaug Pond, Pine Acres Lake, Pinewood Lake, Quaddick Reservoir, Quinebaug Pond, Rogers Lake, Saugatuck Reservoir, Shenipsit Lake, Squantz Pond, Tyler Lake, Waramaug Lake, Washinee Lake, Washining Lake, West Hill Pond, West Thompson Lake, Winchester Lake and Wononscopomuc Lake.


The Connecticut state record bluegill sunfish was caught from a private pond. Lake Marie boasts the state record pumpkinseed sunfish. The CT state record white perch came out of Candlewood Lake and the state record yellow perch was caught from Black Pond.

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 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.

Fishing for panfish in Connecticut



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

CT State Record: 2 lbs 4 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

CT State Record: 1 lbs 3 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

CT State Record: 1 lbs 3 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

CT State Record: 2 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.

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

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