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Louisiana Panfish Fishing

All about fishing for sunfish in LA lakes and ponds.

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Throughout the state of Louisiana you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, bream, redear sunfish, warmouth, white bass and yellow bass.

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

Panfish make a good fish fry. They also make a hearty meal for all the larger fish in the water where they live. As a primary food source, they are virtually in all fishing waters in the state. Fish for them in private ponds, bayous, rivers, streams and major lakes including Anacoco Lake, Atchafalaya Basin, Black Bayou Lake, Caddo Lake, Caney Creek Reservoir, Cheniere Brake Lake, Cocodrie Lake, Cross Lake, Cypress Bayou Reservoir, Grand Lake, Lac des Allemands, Lake Bistineau, Lake Bruin, Lake Cataouatche, Lake Claiborne, Lake D’Arbonne, Lake Iatt, Lake Maurepas, Lake Palourde, Lake Rodemacher, Lake Verret, Saline Lake, Sibley Lake, Toledo Bend Reservoir, Turkey Creek Lake, Vernon Lake and Wallace Lake.


The list of panfish is comprised of many fishes each called by a variety of names. Bream is a name commonly used for most sunfish. The bluegill tops the list and is the most common. The LA state record bluegill was caught out of Old River.

Fishing for panfish in Louisiana



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

LA State Record: 1 lbs 10 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

LA State Record: 2 lbs 14 oz



World record: 2.4 lbs

LA State Record: 2 lbs 3 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

LA State Record: 6 lbs 13 oz

Yellow Bass

Yellow bass

World record: 2 lbs 15 oz

LA State Record: 2 lbs 10 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 Louisiana fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.

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