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.
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.
Panfish Fishing Lakes In New Hampshire
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, Conway Lake, First Connecticut Lake, Great East Lake, Lake Francis, Lake Wentworth, Lake Winnipesaukee, Mascoma Lake, Massabesic Lake, Merrymeeting Lake, Moore Reservoir, Newfound Lake, Ossipee Lake, Silver Lake, Squam Lake, Sunapee Lake, Umbagog Lake and Winnisquam Lake.
The New Hampshire state record bluegill was taken out of Goodwin Pond, the NH state record pumpkinseed sunfish and white perch were both taken from Winnipesaukee and the state record yellow perch from Heads 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 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.
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
NH State Record: 2 lbs 0.6 oz
World record: 2 lbs 4 oz
NH State Record: 0 lbs 13.6 oz
World record: 3.0 lbs
NH State Record: 1 lbs 8 oz
World record: 4.6 lbs
NH State Record: 3 lbs 11.5 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
NH State Record: 2 lbs 6 oz
By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.
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 New Hampshire fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.
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