Oregon Panfish Fishing
All about fishing for sunfish in OR lakes and ponds.
Throughout the state of Oregon you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, green sunfish, redear sunfish, warmouth, white bass and yellow perch.
Most of us enjoy a fish fry of tasty panfish. So do the predator fish. The sunfish are a part of the food chain in most of the warmer lakes in Oregon. They can be found in ponds, parks, rivers and streams. The major lakes with decent panfish fishing include Agency Lake, Beulah Reservoir, Brownlee Reservoir, Crane Prarie Reservoir, Crump Lake, Drews Reservoir, Fern Ridge Reservoir, Hart Lake, Lake Owyhee, Phillips Lake, Prineville Reservoir, Siltcoos Lake, Tahkenitch Lake, Tenmile Lakes, Upper Klamath Lake and Warm Springs Reservoir.
The term "panfish" comprises many species, each called by a variety of names. The bluegill tops the list and is the most common.
A private pond produced the Oregon state record bluegill sunfish and the state record green sunfish came out of the Umpqua River. The OR state record redear sunfish was caught out of Reynolds Pond and Brownsmead yielded the state record yellow perch.
In-state panfish, sunfish and perch
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 5.5 oz
World record: 2.1 lbs
State Record: 0 lbs 11 oz
World record: 5.4 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 15.5 oz
World record: 2.4 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 14 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 2 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.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water streams, ponds and lakes throughout Oregon, 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.
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 Oregon fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.