New Hampshire Panfish Fishing
All about fishing for sunfish in NH lakes and ponds.
Throughout the state of New Hampshire you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, white perch and yellow perch. Ice fishing for perch is very popular, and a great way to introduce kids to fishing.
Panfish & Perch Lakes
While panfish can be found in most every type of water, major lakes typically contain larger populations of one or more species of sunfish. Major New Hampshire lakes with healthy populations of panfish include Bow Lake, Comerford Lake, Great East Lake, Lake Sunapee, Lake Wentworth, Lake Winnipesaukee, Mascoma Lake, Massabesic Lake, Moore Reservoir, Newfound Lake, Ossipee Lake, Paugus Bay, Silver Lake, Squam Lake, Umbagog Lake and Winnisquam Lake.
Top Producing Panfish Lures & Bait
Check out the top producing lures and bait for bluegill, redear sunfish, rock bass and warmouth, as well as other smaller sunfish. Click here for the best lures for white bass, yellow bass, white perch and yellow perch.
In-state panfish, sunfish and perch
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 0.64 oz
World record: 2 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 1 lbs 1.76 oz
World record: 3.0 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 8 oz
World record: 4.6 lbs
State Record: 3 lbs 11.5 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 6 oz
Click the images and links above for species details.
New Hampshire State Record Sunfish
The state record bluegill was caught from Goodwins Pond.
The state record pumpkinseed sunfish came out of Lake Winnipesaukee.
The state record rockbass was caught in Island Pond.
The state record white perch was caught out of Lake Winnipesaukee.
The state record yellow perch was caught from Head's Pond.
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 term "panfish" comprises many species, each called by a variety of names. The bluegill tops the list and is the most common.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water streams, ponds and lakes throughout New Hampshire, 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.
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 New Hampshire fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.