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All about fishing for sunfish in KY lakes and ponds.

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Throughout the state of Kentucky you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth, white bass, yellow bass and yellow perch. It might be difficult to find a lake in KY that doesn't have panfish of one kind or another. Healthy populations of panfish can be found in major impoundments including Barren River Lake, Buckhorn Lake, Cave Run Lake, Cedar Creek Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Dewey Lake, Fishtrap Lake, Grayson Lake, Green River Lake, Guist Creek Lake, Herrington Lake, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland, Lake Linville, Lake Malone, Laurel River Lake, Nolin River Lake, Paintsville Lake, Rough River Lake, Taylorsville Lake, Wood Creek Lake and Yatesville Lake. Private ponds are notorious for serving up nice sunfish and bluegills. Small lakes, ponds, rivers and streams have populations of panfish as well.

In-state panfish, sunfish and perch

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 3 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.2 lbs

State Record: 1 lbs 9.44 oz

Longear Sunfish

Longear sunfish

World record: 1.75 lbs

State Record: 0 lbs 13.28 oz

Redbreast Sunfish

Redbreast sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 0.88 lbs

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

State Record: 3 lbs 1 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

State Record: 1 lbs 10 oz

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

State Record: 1 lbs 6.2 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

State Record: 5 lbs 0 oz

Yellow Bass

Yellow bass

World record: 2 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 1 lbs 6.4 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 1 lbs 7 oz

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Kentucky State Record Sunfish

The state record bluegill was caught from a strip mine lake.

The state record flier sunfish came from a private pond.

The state record green sunfish came from a private pond.

The state record longear sunfish came from a strip mine pond.

The state record redbreast sunfish came out of Marsh Creek.

The state record redear sunfish came out of a farm pond.

The state record rockbass was caught in Casey Creek.

The state record warmouth came out of a private pond.

Two state record white bass (tie), one came from Herrington Lake and the other from Kentucky Lake.

The state record yellow bass was served up by the Cumberland River.

The state record yellow perch was caught from Kentucky Lake.

Bluegill

The term "panfish" comprises many species, each called by a variety of names. The bluegill tops the list and is the most common.

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

Bluegill Fishing Basics Video

The core principles shown in this video will work for most sunfish, perch and other panfish.

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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