Nevada Panfish Fishing
All about fishing for sunfish in NV lakes and ponds.
Throughout the state of Nevada you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, green sunfish, redear sunfish, white bass and yellow perch.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water streams, ponds and lakes throughout Nevada, 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 thrive on warm waters and do well in the southern and central regions of Nevada. They can be found in ponds, small lakes, rivers and major lakes including Lake Lahontan, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave, Pyramid Lake, Rye Patch Reservoir, Washoe Lake and Wild Horse Reservoir.
The term "panfish" comprises many species, each called by a variety of names. The bluegill tops the list and is the most common.
The Nevada state record bluegill and the record redear sunfish both came from the Colorado River, the NV state record green sunfish was pulled from Tule Springs Lake and the Nevada state record yellow perch was caught in Dufurrena Ponds.
In-state panfish, sunfish and perch
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 3 lbs 10 oz
World record: 2.1 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 13 oz
World record: 2 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 0 lbs 15 oz
World record: 5.4 lbs
State Record: 2 lbs 5 oz
World record: 6.8 lbs
State Record: 4 lbs 0 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 1 lbs 8 oz
By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.
Bluegill Fishing Basics Video
The core principles shown in this video will work for most sunfish, perch and other panfish.
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.
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 Nevada fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.