Tennessee Panfish Fishing
All about fishing for panfish in TN lakes and ponds.
Throughout the state of Tennessee you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, flier sunfish, green sunfish, longear sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, spotted sunfish, warmouth, white bass, yellow bass and yellow perch.
They are everywhere. Choose Carroll County Thousand Acre Recreation Lake, Boone Lake, Calderwood Reservoir, Center Hill Lake, Cheatham Lake, Cherokee Lake, Chickamauga Lake, Chilhowee Lake, Cordell Hull Lake, Dale Hollow Reservoir, Douglas Lake, Fort Loudoun Lake, Fort Patrick Henry Reservoir, Garrett Lake, Great Falls Lake, J Percy Priest Lake, John Sevier Reservoir, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Melton Hill Lake, Nickajack Lake, Normandy Lake, Norris Lake, Ocoee Lake, Old Hickory Lake, Parksville Reservoir, Percy Priest Lake, Pickwick Lake, Reelfoot Lake, South Holston Lake, Tellico Reservoir, Tims Ford Lake, Watauga Lake, Watts Bar Lake and Woods Reservoir...and you'll find healthy panfish. Statewide, ponds, rivers and smaller lakes also have panfish.
In-state panfish, sunfish and perch
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 3 lbs 0 oz
World record: 1 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 0 lbs 8 oz
World record: 2.2 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 4 oz
World record: 1.75 lbs
State Record: 0 lbs 13 oz
World record: 2 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 0 lbs 5 oz
World record: 2 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 1 lbs 5 oz
World record: 5.4 lbs
State Record: 3 lbs 6 oz
World record: 3.0 lbs
State Record: 2 lbs 8 oz
World record: N/A
State Record: 0 lbs 5 oz
World record: 2.4 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 12 oz
World record: 6.8 lbs
State Record: 5 lbs 10 oz
World record: 2 lbs 15 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 9 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 5 oz
Click the images and links above for species details.
Fall Creek and a private pond each turned out tying state record bluegill.
The state record flier sunfish was pulled out of Kentucky Lake.
North Cross Creek was home to the state record green sunfish.
The state record longear sunfish came from a private pond.
Dogwood lake served up the state record pumpkinseed sunfish.
The state record redbreast sunfish came out of the Holston River.
The state record redear sunfish came from a pond.
The state record orange spotted sunfish and the state record warmouth both came from the Nolichucky River.
The Mississippi River was home to the state record white bass.
The Duck River was home to the state record yellow bass.
Ocoee #3 Lake produced the state record yellow perch.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water streams, ponds and lakes throughout Tennessee, 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.
The term "panfish" comprises many species, each called by a variety of names. The bluegill tops the list and is the most common.
Bluegill Fishing Basics Video
The core principles shown in this video will work for most sunfish, perch and other panfish.
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 Tennessee fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.