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Idaho Panfish Fishing

All about fishing for sunfish in ID lakes and ponds.

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Throughout the state of Idaho you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, green sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, warmouth and yellow perch.

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

Often, small private ponds in Idaho yield the biggest panfish. Yet day in and day out the larger impoundments tend to produce the bigger stringers. Try your luck for panfish at American Falls Reservoir, Anderson Ranch Reservoir, Arrowrock Reservoir, Blackfoot Reservoir, Brownlee Reservoir, C J Strike Reservoir, Cascade Reservoir, Coeur D'Alene Lake, Crane Creek Reservoir, Hayden Lake, Hells Canyon Reservoir, Lake Lowell, Lake Pend Oreille, Lake Walcott, Lucky Peak Reservoir, Magic Reservoir, Mormon Reservoir, Paddock Valley Reservoir, Payette Lake, Priest Lake, Ririe Reservoir, Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir or Spirit Lake.


Idaho state record panfish

The Idaho state record bluegill sunfish was caught out of C.J. Strike Reservoir. Hauser Lake produced the Idaho state record green sunfish. Chase Lake was home to the ID state record pumpkinseed sunfish. The state record warmouth came out of the Snake River and Wilson Lake 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 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 Idaho



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

ID State Record: 3 lbs 8 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

ID State Record: 0 lbs 5 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

ID State Record: 0 lbs 14 oz



World record: 2.4 lbs

ID State Record: 0 lbs 9.6 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

ID State Record: 2 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.

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

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