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All about fishing for sunfish in ME lakes and ponds.

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Throughout the state of Maine you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, white perch and yellow perch.

Panfish & Perch Lakes

Because panfish are a primary food source for many predator fish, you can find them in most waters where you find the predator species. Major lakes are always a good place to look for panfish. In Maine, try Androscoggin Lake, Baskahegan Lake, Big Lake, China Lake, Chesuncook Lake, Cobbosseecontee Lake, Damariscotta Lake, Eagle Lake, East Grand Lake, Flagstaff Lake, Gardner Lake, Graham Lake, Grand Lake Matagamon, Great Pond, Lobster Lake, Long Lake, Mattawamkeag Lake, Meddybemps Lake, Messalonskee Lake, Millinocket Lake, Moosehead Lake, Mooselookmeguntic Lake, Munsungan Lake, Pemadumcook Lakes, Portage Lake, Pushaw Lake, Rangeley Lake, Richardson Lakes, Sebasticook Lake, Sebago Lake, Sebec Lake, Square Lake, St Froid Lake, Thompson Lake, Webb Lake and West Grand Lake.

Top Producing Panfish Lures & Bait

Check out the top producing lures and bait for bluegill, redear sunfish, rock bass and warmouth, as well as other smaller sunfish. Click here for the best lures for white bass, yellow bass, white perch and yellow perch.

In-state panfish, sunfish and perch

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 0.51 lbs

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

State Record: 3.48 lbs

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 2.12 lbs

Click the images and links above for species details.

Maine State Record Sunfish

The state record bluegill was caught from Knight Pond.

The state record white perch (location undisclosed).

The state record yellow perch (location undisclosed).

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 Maine, 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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