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Maine Panfish Fishing

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.

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.

Panfish Fishing Lakes In Maine

Because panfish are a primary food source for many predator fish, you can find them in most waters where you find the predators. And often in waters where they are the top of the food chain. Private ponds are a good example. 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 Lake, Sebasticook Lake, Sebago Lake, Sebec Lake, Square Lake, St Froid Lake, Thompson Lake, Webb Lake and West Grand 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.

The Maine state record white perch was caught from Messalonskee Lake and the state record yellow perch was taken from Worthley Pond.

Fishing for panfish in Maine



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

ME State Record: N/A

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

ME State Record: 3 lbs 8 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

ME State Record: 1 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.

Panfish fishing information for other states.


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

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