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All about fishing for sunfish in SD lakes and ponds.

Panfish fishing in Colorado

Throughout the state you can find waters with populations of sunfish including bluegill, green sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, spotted sunfish, white bass and yellow perch. Ice fishing for perch and sunfish is a treat for kids, and a great way to introduce them to fishing.

Panfish & Perch Lakes

Try to find fishing waters in SD without one or more species of panfish. It's not easy. Sunfish are found in ponds, creeks, rivers and lakes of all sizes including major lakes like Angostura Reservoir, Belle Fourche Reservoir, Big Stone Lake, Bitter Lake, Lake Albert, Lake Francis Case, Lake Kampeska, Lake Madison, Lake Pelican, Lake Poinsett, Lake Preston, Lake Sharpe, Lake Thompson, Lake Traverse, Lake Whitewood, Lewis And Clark Lake, Shadehill Reservoir and Waubay Lake.

Top Producing Panfish Lures & Bait

Check out the top producing lures and bait for bluegill, redear sunfish, rock bass and warmouth, as well as other smaller sunfish. Click here for the best lures for white bass, yellow bass, white perch and yellow perch.

In-state panfish, sunfish and perch

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 3 lbs 4 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.2 lbs

State Record: 1 lbs 5 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 0 lbs 12 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

State Record: 2 lbs 0 oz

Soptted Sunfish

Spotted sunfish

World record: N/A

State Record: 0 lbs 5.5 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

State Record: 4 lbs 12 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 13 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

South Dakota State Record Sunfish

The state record bluegill was caught from Stock Dam.

The state record green sunfish came from a stock pond.

The state record pumpkinseed sunfish came out of Lake Carthage.

The state record white bass came from North Rush Lake.

The state record yellow perch was caught from Bitter Lake.

Bluegill

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 term "panfish" comprises many species, each called by a variety of names. The bluegill tops the list and is the most common.

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

Bluegill Fishing Basics Video

The core principles shown in this video will work for most sunfish, perch and other panfish.

 

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