Oklahoma Panfish Fishing
All about fishing for sunfish in OK lakes and ponds.
Throughout the state of Oklahoma you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including alligator gar, chain pickerel, longnose gar, northern pike, paddlefish, sauger and saugeye.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water streams, ponds and lakes throughout Oklahoma, 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.
You might be hard pressed to find fishing water in OK that does not have one or more species of panfish. All the major lakes including Broken Bow Reservoir, Canton Lake, Fort Cobb Reservoir, Fort Gibson Lake, Foss Lake, Grand Lake of the Cherokees, Great Salt Plains Lake, Hugo Lake, Hulah Lake, Kaw Lake, Keystone Lake, Lake Altus-Lugert, Lake Carl Blackwell, Lake Ellsworth, Lake Eufaula, Lake Hudson, Lake Murray, Lake Texoma, Lake Thunderbird, Lake Wister, McGee Creek Reservoir, Oologah Lake, Pine Creek Lake, Robert S Kerr Reservoir, Sardis Lake, Skiatook Reservoir, Sooner Lake, Tenkiller Lake, Tom Steed Reservoir, Waurika Lake and Webber Falls Reservoir have panfish.
The term "panfish" comprises many species, each called by a variety of names. The bluegill tops the list and is the most common.
Most ponds, rivers, parks and small lakes also contain some panfish. A private pond was home to the Oklahoma state record bluegill sunfish, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish and redear sunfish. Lake Eufala gave up the OK state record white bass.
In-state panfish and sunfish
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 6 oz
World record: 2.1 lbs
State Record: 2 lbs 7 oz
World record: N/A
State Record: 1 lbs 14 oz
World record: 5.4 lbs
State Record: 2 lbs 1 oz
World record: 6.8 lbs
State Record: 4 lbs 9.6 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 Oklahoma fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.