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All about fishing for panfish in NC lakes and ponds.

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Throughout the state of North Carolina you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, flier sunfish, green sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, warmouth, white bass, white perch and yellow perch.

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

North Carolina state record flier sunfish was taken from a private pond the state record green sunfish came from a farm pond, the Trent River served up the state record pumpkinseed sunfish, Big Swamp was home to the state record redbreast sunfish, the state record redear sunfish came from Lookout Shoals Lake. the state record white perch came from Falls of the Neuse Reservoir, the state record yellow perch came out of Indiantown Creek and it is unknown where the state record bluegill was caught.

Major lakes in the state with populations of sunfish include Apalachia Lake, Badin Lake, Belews Lake, Blewett Falls Lake, Chatuge Lake, Falls Lake, Fontana Lake, Harris Lake, High Rock Lake, Hiwassee Lake, Hyco Lake, Jordan Lake, Kerr Lake, King Mountain Reservoir, Lake Gaston, Lake Glenville, Lake Hickory, Lake James, Lake Mattamuskeet, Lake Nantahala, Lake Norman, Lake Rhodhiss, Lake Tillery, Lake Waccamaw, Lake Wylie, Mayo Reservoir, Mountain Island Lake, Moss Lake, Phelps Lake, Roanoke Rapids Lake, Santeetlah Lake, Shearon Harris Reservoir and W Kerr Scott Reservoir.

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Lori Hall with a dandy sunfish caught from a local pond in Durham County, North Carolina.

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 North Carolina



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

NC State Record: 4 lbs 5 oz

Flier Sunfish

Flier sunfish

World record: 1 lbs 4 oz

NC State Record: 1 lbs 5 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

NC State Record: 1 lbs 14 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

NC State Record: 1 lbs 6 oz

Redbreast Sunfish

Redbreast sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 0 oz

NC State Record: 1 lbs 12 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

NC State Record: 4 lbs 15 oz



World record: 2.4 lbs

NC State Record: 1 lbs 13 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

NC State Record: 5 lbs 14 oz

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

NC State Record: 2 lbs 15 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

NC State Record: 2 lbs 9 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 North Carolina fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.

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