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All about fishing for panfish in IN lakes and ponds.

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Throughout the state of Indiana you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, flier sunfish, green sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth, white bass, yellow bass and yellow perch.

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

Pick a lake, any lake. Virtually all have one or more species of panfish. The more consistent schools tend to come from major lakes including Barbee Lake, Big Long Lake, Big Turkey Lake, Brookville Lake, Cagles Mill Lake, Cecil M Harden Lake, Dewart Lake, Dogwood Lake, Eagle Creek Reservoir, Geist Lake, Griffy Lake, Hardy Lake, Irish Lake, J Edward Roush Lake, James Lake, Jimmerson Lake, Kuhn Lake, Lake Freeman, Lake Lemon, Lake Manitou, Lake Maxinkuckee, Lake Michigan, Lake Papakeechie, Lake Wawasee, Mississinewa Reservoir, Monroe Lake, Morse Reservoir, Nyona Lake, Patoka Lake, Pine Lake, Prairie Creek Reservoir, Salamonie Lake, Syracuse Lake, Tippecanoe Lake, Turtle Creek Reservoir, Waubee Lake, Webster Lake, Witmer Lake and Worster Lake.

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.


Private ponds yielded the state record both bluegill and the IN state record green sunfish. The state record flier came from a stream in Jackson County. The state record rock bass was taken from Sugar Creek, the state record warmouth was caught out of North Dugger Pit, and Lake Freeman served up the IN state record white bass. Morse Reservoir was home to the state record yellow bass, and the state record yellow perch was taken out of a gravel pit in Vigo County.

Fishing for panfish in Indiana



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

IN State Record: 3 lbs 4 oz

Flier Sunfish

Flier sunfish

World record: 1 lbs 4 oz

IN State Record: 0 lbs 3.5 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

IN State Record: 1 lbs 10 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

IN State Record: 3 lbs 10 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

IN State Record: 3 lbs 0 oz



World record: 2.4 lbs

IN State Record: 1 lbs 6 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

IN State Record: 4 lbs 3 oz

Yellow Bass

Yellow bass

World record: 2 lbs 15 oz

IN State Record: 2 lbs 15 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

IN State Record: 2 lbs 8 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

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.

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

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