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All about fishing for panfish in NE lakes and ponds.

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

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

Panfish are everywhere. And we mean everywhere. Find panfish in most private ponds, rivers and lakes including Bluestem Lake, Box Butte Reservoir, Branched Oak Lake, Calamus Reservoir, Conestoga Lake, Davis Creek Reservoir, Elwood Reservoir, Enders Reservoir, Glenn Cunningham Lake, Harlan County Reservoir, Harry Strunk Lake, Hugh Butler Lake, Jeffrey Lake, Johnson Lake, Kimball Reservoir, Lake Maloney, Lake McConaughy, Lake Minatare, Lake Ogallala, Lake Wanahoo, Lewis And Clark Lake, Medicine Creek Reservoir, Merritt Reservoir, Oliver Reservoir, Pawnee Lake, Red Willow Reservoir, Sherman Reservoir, Sutherland Reservoir, Swanson Reservoir, Wagon Train Lake, Wehrspann Lake, Whitney Lake and Willow Creek Lake.

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 Nebraska state record bluegill was taken out of Grove Lake, the NE state record green sunfish, yellow perch and spotted sunfish were all taken from a sandpit, a private pond was home to the state record hybrid sunfish, the Nebraska state record pumpkinseed sunfish came from Box Butte Reservoir, the state record redear sunfish came from Rock Creek Lake and the NE state record yellow perch was caught out of Hackberry Lake.

Fishing for panfish in Nebraska



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

NE State Record: 2 lbs 13 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

NE State Record: 1 lbs 8 oz

Hybrid Sunfish

Hybrid sunfish

World record: N/A

NE State Record: 1 lbs 15 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

NE State Record: 0 lbs 11.25 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

NE State Record: 1 lbs 10 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

NE State Record: 2 lbs 4 oz

Soptted Sunfish

Spotted sunfish

World record: N/A

NE State Record: 0 lbs 3 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

NE State Record: 5 lbs 0 oz

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

NE State Record: 2 lbs 6 oz

Yellow Bass

Yellow bass

World record: 2 lbs 15 oz

NE State Record: 1 lbs 7 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

NE State Record: 2 lbs 10.75 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.

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

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