Guide To Popular Panfish Fishing Options In Nevada
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.
Panfish & Perch Lakes
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.
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: 3 lbs 10 oz
World record: 2.2 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
Click the images and links above for species details.
Nevada State Record Sunfish
The state record bluegill was caught from the Colorado River.
The state record green sunfish came from Battle Mountain H S Pond.
The state record pumpkinseed sunfish came out of Peavine Ponds.
The state record redear sunfish came out of the Colorado River.
The state record white bass came from Lahontan Reservoir.
The state record Sacramento perch was caught out of Pyramid Lake.
The state record yellow perch (tie) one came from Dufurrena Ponds, one was caught from Wildhorse Reservoir.
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 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 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.
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 Nevada fishing waters.