Florida Panfish Fishing
All about fishing for sunfish in FL lakes and ponds.
Throughout the state of Florida you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, flier sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, spotted sunfish, warmouth and white bass.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water streams, ponds and lakes throughout Florida, 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.
Blue Cypress Lake, Crescent Lake, Crooked Lake, Deerpoint Lake, Doctors Lake, East Lake Tohopekaliga, Jim Woodruff Reservoir, Lake Apopka, Lake Conlin, Lake Eustis, Lake George, Lake Griffin, Lake Harris, Lake Harney, Lake Hatchineha, Lake Istokpoga, Lake Jackson, Lake Jessup, Lake Kissimmee, Lake Marian, Lake Miccosukee, Lake Monroe, Lake Okeechobee, Lake Santa Fe, Lake Seminole, Lake Talquin, Lake Tohopekaliga, Lake Wier, Lake Weohyakapka, Lochloosa Lake, Newnans Lake, Orange Lake, Rodman Reservoir, St. John's River and Tsala Apopka Lake are just some of the major FL lakes with healthy populations of panfish.
Also try private ponds, slow-moving creeks and rivers and many of the smaller lakes spotted all over Florida.
The Florida state record bluegill was caught out of Crystal Lake and Iamonia Lake produced the FL state record flier sunfish. The Suwannee River gave up the state record redbreast sunfish and Merritt Pond boasts the state record for redear sunfish. The Florida state record spotted sunfish came out of the Suwannee River. The Yellow River served up the FL state record warmouth.
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 and sunfish
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 15 oz
World record: 1 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 1.24 lbs
World record: 2 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 1 oz
World record: 5.4 lbs
State Record: 4 lbs 14 oz
World record: N/A
State Record: 0 lbs 13 oz
World record: 2.4 lbs
State Record: 2 lbs 7 oz
World record: 6.8 lbs
State Record: 4 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.
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 Florida fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.