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South Carolina Panfish Fishing

All about fishing for sunfish in SC lakes and ponds.

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Throughout the state of South Carolina you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, flier sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, warmouth, white bass, white perch and yellow perch.

One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water streams, ponds and lakes throughout South Carolina, 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 South Carolina

They are everywhere. Lakes, rivers, ponds and parks have one or more species of sunfish. The major SC lakes, including Clarks Hill Lake, Lake Blalock, Lake Bowen, Lake Greenwood, Lake Hartwell, Lake Jocassee, Lake Keowee, Lake Marion, Lake Monticello, Lake Moultrie, Lake Murray, Lake Wylie, Parr Reservoir, Lake Russell and Wateree Lake all have sunfish.

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.


Hemingway produced the South Carolina state record flier sunfish and the state record pumpkinseed sunfish was taken from the North Saluda River. The SC state record redbreast sunfish came from the Lumber River and the state record redear sunfish was pulled from the Diversion Canal. Lake Murray gave up the state record white perch and the state record yellow perch came from Lake Keowee.

Fishing for panfish in South Carolina



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

SC State Record: 3 lbs 4 oz

Flier Sunfish

Flier sunfish

World record: 1 lbs 4 oz

SC State Record: 1 lbs 4 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

SC State Record: 2 lbs 4 oz

Redbreast Sunfish

Redbreast sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 0 oz*

SC State Record: 2 lbs 0 oz*

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

SC State Record: 5 lbs 7 oz



World record: 2.4 lbs

SC State Record: 2 lbs 2.5 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

SC State Record: 5 lbs 4.8 oz

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

SC State Record: 1 lbs 15 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

SC State Record: 3 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.

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.

Panfish fishing information for 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 South Carolina fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.

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