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All about fishing for panfish in PA lakes and ponds.

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Throughout the state of Pennsylvania you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, 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 Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania

Panfish are everywhere. Everywhere! Major PA lakes with healthy populations of sunfish include Allegheny Reservoir, Blue Marsh Lake, Glendale Lake, High Point Reservoir, Lake Arthur, Lake Erie, Lake Wallenpaupack, Pymatuning Lake, Raystown Lake, Shenango River Lake, Tamarack Lake and Youghiogheny River Lake. In addition you can fish panfish in many ponds, rivers and smaller lakes throughout the state.

The PA state record Bluegill was caught out of Keystone Lake and Elk Creek gave up the Pennsylvania state record rock bass. Minsi Lake produced the state record white perch and the PA state record yellow perch came from Hunters Lake.

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 Pennsylvania



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

PA State Record: 2 lbs 9 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

PA State Record: 3 lbs 2 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

PA State Record: 3 lbs 14 oz

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

PA State Record: 1 lbs 12 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

PA State Record: 2 lbs 11 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 Pennsylvania fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.

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