Mississippi Panfish Fishing
All about fishing for sunfish in MS lakes and ponds.
Throughout the state of Mississippi you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, redear sunfish, spotted sunfish, warmouth, white bass and yellow bass.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water streams, ponds and lakes throughout Mississippi, 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.
Find fishing water in Mississippi and you probably will probably find one or more species of panfish. Private ponds, rivers and major lakes like Aberdeen Lake, Arkabutla Lake, Ross Barnett Reservoir, Bay Springs Lake, Bogue Homa Lake, Columbus Lake, Enid Lake, Grenada Reservoir, Lake Beulah, Lake Washington, Lake Whittington, Moon Lake, Okatibbee Lake, Pickwick Lake, Sardis Lake and Tunica Lake all have healthy schools of panfish.
Some of the better lakes in MS for bream include Lake Lamar Bruce, Trace State Park Lake, Flower Lake, Lakeview\Horn Lake, Tunica Cutoff, Beulah Lake, Lake Washington, Lake Ross Barnett, Lake Mike Connor, Lake Mary Crawford, Lake Jeff Davis, Pascagoula River Oxbow Lakes, Black Creek and Lake Perry.
The term "panfish" comprises many species, each called by a variety of names. The bluegill tops the list and is the most common.
The Mississippi state record bluegill and hybrid sunfish were caught in private ponds, Waltmans Lake served up the state record green sunfish, the state record redear came out of Tippah County Lake and the state record warmouth was caught in Black Creek.
In-state panfish, sunfish and perch
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 3 lbs 7 oz
World record: 2.1 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 4 oz
World record: N/A
State Record: 1 lbs 3.5 oz
World record: 1.75 lbs
State Record: 0 lbs 3 oz
World record: 5.4 lbs
State Record: 3 lbs 5.5 oz
World record: N/A
State Record: 0 lbs 2.3 oz
World record: 2.4 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 8 oz
World record: 6.8 lbs
State Record: 5 lbs 6 oz
World record: 2 lbs 15 oz
State Record: 1 lbs 12 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 1 lbs 2 oz
By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.
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.
Sunfish information in 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 Mississippi fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.