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All about fishing for panfish in MO lakes and ponds.

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

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

They're everywhere. Literally everywhere. Find fishing waters and you'll find one or more species of panfish. Due to limited fishing pressure private ponds typically turn out the record size panfish. To fulfill your desire for a big fish fry you might want to look for tight cover on major lakes including Atkinson Lake, Bean Lake, Big Lake, Bull Shoals Lake, Clearwater Lake, Council Bluff Lake, Fellows Lake, Harry S. Truman Reservoir, Lake Jacomo, Lake of The Ozarks, Lake Springfield, Lake Taneycomo, Longview Lake, Mark Twain Lake, McDaniel Lake, Pomme de Terre Lake, Smithville Reservoir, Stockton Lake, Table Rock Lake and Wappapello Lake.

The Missouri state record bluegill was caught from private pond Bevier, the state record green sunfish was pulled from Stockton Lake, the MO state record redear sunfish came out of Whetstone Creek and the state record yellow perch came from Bull Shoals Lake. Private ponds served up state records for flier sunfish, hybrid sunfish and warmouth.

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.

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.

Fishing for panfish in Missouri



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

MO State Record: 3 lbs 0 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

MO State Record: 2 lbs 2 oz

Hybrid Sunfish

Hybrid sunfish

World record: N/A

MO State Record: 2 lbs 3 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

MO State Record: 2 lbs 7 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

MO State Record: 2 lbs 12 oz



World record: 2.4 lbs

MO State Record: 1 lbs 4 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

MO State Record: 5 lbs 6 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

MO State Record: 1 lbs 11 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

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

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