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Kansas Panfish Fishing

All about fishing for sunfish in KS lakes and ponds.

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

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

State records for green sunfish and yellow perch both were caught in private ponds and the state record for redear sunfish came from Finney Wildlife Area. But if you want to catch a bunch of panfish for a fish fry your best bet may be a large lake. Some of these large lakes are Big Hill Lake, Cedar Bluff Lake, Cheney Reservoir, Clinton Lake, Coffey County Lake, Council Grove Lake, El Dorado Lake, Elk City Lake, Fall River Lake, Hillsdale Lake, John Redmond Reservoir, Kanopolis Lake, Keith Sebelius Lake, Kirwin Reservoir, La Cygne Lake, Lovewell Reservoir, Marion Reservoir, Melvern Lake, Milford Lake, Perry Lake, Pomona Lake, Toronto Lake, Tuttle Creek Lake, Waconda Lake, Webster Reservoir, Wilson Lake, Winfield City Lake and Wolf Creek Reservoir.



The list of sunfish, or 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 Kansas



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

KS State Record: 2 lbs 5 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

KS State Record: 2 lbs 5 oz

Hybrid Sunfish

Hybrid sunfish

World record: N/A

KS State Record: 2 lbs 10 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

KS State Record: 1 lbs 11 oz



World record: 2.4 lbs

KS State Record: 1 lbs 1 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

KS State Record: 5 lbs 11 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

KS State Record: 1 lbs 1 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 Kansas fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.

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