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New York Panfish Fishing

All about fishing for sunfish in NY lakes and ponds.

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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, Canandaigua Lake, Cannonsville Reservoir, Carry Falls Reservoir, Cayuga Lake, Chautauqua Lake, Conesus Lake, Great Sacandaga Lake, Indian Lake, Keuka Lake, Lake Champlain, Lake George, Long Lake, Lows Lake, Oneida Lake, Onondaga Lake, Otsego Lake, Owasco Lake, Pepacton Reservoir, Piseco Lake, Raquette Lake, Saratoga Lake, Seneca Lake, Schroon Lake, Skaneateles 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.

Fishing for panfish in New York



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

NY State Record: 2 lbs 8 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

NY State Record: 1 lbs 9 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

NY State Record: 1 lbs 15 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

NY State Record: 3 lbs 6 oz

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

NY State Record: 3 lbs 1 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

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.

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

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