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New Jersey Panfish Fishing

All about fishing for sunfish in NJ lakes and ponds.

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Throughout the state of New Jersey 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 Jersey, 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 Jersey

Major lakes like Greenwood Lake, Lake Hopatcong, Manasquan Reservoir, Merrill Creek Reservoir, Monksville Reservoir, Oak Ridge Reservoir, Rainbow Lake, Round Valley Reservoir, Ryker Lake, Spruce Run Reservoir, Swartswood Lake, Union Lake and Wanaque Reservoir all have healthy populations of one or more species of sunfish. Mosy small lakes, rivers and ponds also contain panfish.

The New Jersey state record bluegill sunfish and pumpkinseed sunfish were pulled from a private pond. The NJ state record white perch was caught from Forest Hill Lake and the state record yellow perch came from Holiday Lake.

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.

Fishing for panfish in New Jersey



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

NJ State Record: 3 lbs 0 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

NJ State Record: 1 lbs 8 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

NJ State Record: 1 lbs 5 oz

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

NJ State Record: 3 lbs 1 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

NJ 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.

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

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