Rhode Island Panfish Fishing
All about fishing for sunfish in RI lakes and ponds.
Throughout the state of Rhode Island you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, white bass and yellow perch.
Panfish can be found in many waters across RI. Many ponds, rivers and lakes including Beach Pond, Indian Lake, Johnson Pond (Flat River Reservoir), Pascoag Reservoir (Echo Lake), Stafford Pond, Tiogue Lake, Watchaug Pond and Woonasquatucket Reservoir have one or more types of sunfish.
The term "panfish" comprises many species, each called by a variety of names. The bluegill tops the list and is the most common.
The Rhode Island state record common sunfish was caught from Indian Lake. No location is recorded for the RI state record bluegill. The state record yellow perch was caught from Pascoag Reservoir, and the RI record white perch came out of the Narrow River.
In-state panfish, sunfish and perch
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 1 oz
World record: 4.6 lbs
State Record: 2 lbs 1.44 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 4 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 Rhode Island, 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 Rhode Island fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.