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North Dakota Panfish Fishing

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.

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.

Panfish Fishing Lakes In North Dakota

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.


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 North Dakota state record bluegill came out of Strawberry Lake and Devils lake gave up the state record yellow perch.

Fishing for panfish in North Dakota



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

ND State Record: 2 lbs 12 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

ND State Record: 4 lbs 10 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

ND State Record: 2 lbs 15 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 North Dakota fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.

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