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All about fishing for sunfish in ND lakes and ponds.

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

Panfish Lakes

Try to find fishing waters without one or more species of panfish. It might be difficult. They populate all the major lakes including Arrowwood Lake, Bowman-Haley Lake, Buffalo Lodge Lake, Devils Lake, Dry Lake, Lake Ashtabula, Lake Darling, Lake Metigoshe, Lake Tschida, Powers Lake and Stump Lake. They are in rivers, streams, parks, small lakes and private ponds.

In-state panfish, sunfish and perch

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 12 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

State Record: 4 lbs 10 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 15 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

North Dakota State Record Sunfish

The state record bluegill was caught from Strawberry Lake.

The state record white bass came from Devils Lake.

The state record yellow perch was caught from Devils Lake.

The term "panfish" comprises many species, each called by a variety of names. The bluegill tops the list and is the most common.

Bluegill

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