Georgia Panfish Fishing
All about fishing for panfish in GA lakes and ponds.
Throughout the state of Georgia you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, flier sunfish, green sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, spotted sunfish, warmouth, white bass and yellow perch.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water streams, ponds and lakes throughout Georgia, 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.
Georgia is a virtual fish factory. Panfish like most species flourish in the warm waters with long growing seasons. All major lakes including Banks Lake, Blue Ridge Lake, Carters Lake, Chatuge Lake, Clarks Hill Lake, Lake Allatoona, Lake Burton, Lake Blackshear, Lake Chehaw, Lake Eufaula, Lake Harding, Lake Hartwell, Lake Jackson, Lake Lanier, Lake Nottely, Lake Oconee, Lake Oliver, Lake Russell, Lake Seminole, Lake Sinclair, Lake Tobesofkee, Shamrock Lake and West Point Lake have a population of panfish.
The state record bluegill was caught in Shamrock Lake while green, redbreast, redear and flier sunfish records were all caught in private ponds. Lake Burton yielded the state record yellow perch.
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 5 oz
World record: 1 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 1 lbs 4 oz
World record: 2.1 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 7 oz
World record: 2 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 1 lbs 11 oz
World record: 5.4 lbs
State Record: 4 lbs 2 oz
World record: N/A
State Record: 0 lbs 10 oz
World record: 2.4 lbs
State Record: 2 lbs 0 oz
World record: 6.8 lbs
State Record: 5 lbs 1 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 9 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 Georgia fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.