New York Panfish Fishing
All about fishing for sunfish in NY lakes and ponds.
Throughout the state of New York you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, white bass, white perch and yellow perch.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water streams, ponds and lakes throughout New York, 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 York
Allegheny Reservoir, Ashokan Reservoir, Black Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Cannonsville Reservoir, Carry Falls Reservoir, Cayuga Lake, Chautauqua Lake, Conesus Lake, Cranberry Lake, Great Sacandaga Lake, Indian Lake, Keuka Lake, Lake Champlain, Lake Erie, Lake George, Lake Ontario, Lake Placid, Long Lake, Lows Lake - Bog River Flow, Oneida Lake, Otsego Lake, Owasco Lake, Pepacton Reservoir, Piseco Lake, Raquette Lake, Saratoga Lake, Seneca Lake, Schroon Lake, Skaneateles Lake, Tupper Lake, Union Falls Pond and Upper Saranac Lake all have populations of panfish.
The New York state record bluegill came from Kohlbach Pond. Oscaleta Lake produced the state record white perch and Indian Lake delivered the NY state record pumpkinseed sunfish. The NY state record yellow perch came from Lake Erie.
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
NY State Record: 2 lbs 8 oz
World record: 2 lbs 4 oz
NY State Record: 1 lbs 9 oz
World record: 3.0 lbs
NY State Record: 1 lbs 15 oz
World record: 6.8 lbs
NY State Record: 3 lbs 6 oz
World record: 4.6 lbs
NY State Record: 3 lbs 1 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
NY State Record: 3 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.
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 York fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.
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