Texas Panfish Fishing
All about fishing for sunfish in TX lakes and ponds.
Throughout the state of Texas you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, flier sunfish, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, longear sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth, white bass, white perch, yellow bass and yellow perch.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water streams, ponds and lakes throughout Texas, 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.
Quick. Name a major lake in Texas without panfish. It would be difficult to do. Major lakes with healthy populations of panfish include B.A. Steinhagen Lake, Belton Lake, Cedar Creek Reservoir, Choke Canyon Reservoir, Cooper Lake, Diversion Lake, Eagle Mountain Lake, Lake E.V. Spence, Grapevine Lake, Hubbard Creek Reservoir, Joe Pool Lake, Lake Arrowhead, Lake Bob Sandlin, Lake Bridgeport, Lake Brownwood, Lake Buchanan, Lake Caddo, Lake Conroe, Lake Corpus Christi, Lake Fork Reservoir, Lake Granbury, Lake Houston, Lake J.B. Thomas, Lake Kemp, Lake Kickapoo, Lake Lewisville, Lake Limestone, Lake Livingston, Lake Lyndon B Johnson, Lake Meredith, Lake O the Pines, Lake Palestine, Lake Ray Hubbard, Lake Somerville, Lake Tawakoni, Lake Texana, Lake Texoma, Lake Travis, Lake Waco, Lake Whitney, Lake Worth, Lavon Lake, Martin Creek Lake, Medina Lake, Navarro Mills Lake, O.C. Fisher Lake, O.H. Ivie Lake, Palo Duro Reservoir, Pat Mayse Lake, Possom Kingdom Lake, Proctor Lake, Ray Roberts Lake, Red Bluff Reservoir, Richland Chambers Reservoir, Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Stamford Reservoir, Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir, Toledo Bend, Twin Buttes Reservoir and Wright Patman Lake.
The term "panfish" comprises many species, each called by a variety of names. The bluegill tops the list and is the most common.
You'll also find panfish in most ponds, rivers and lakes. Purtis Creek yielded the Texas state record bluegill and the TX state record green sunfish was taken out of Tehuacana Creek. Bardwell Lake produced the Texas state record hybrid sunfish and Lake Fork was home to the state record longear sunfish. The Comal River turned out the state record redbreast sunfish and the TX state record redear sunfish and warmouth both came out of Town Lake. The state record yellow perch was served up by Lake Meredith.
In-state panfish, sunfish and perch
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 2.02 lbs
World record: 2.1 lbs
State Record: 1.30 lbs
World record: N/A
State Record: 1.73 lbs
World record: 1.75 lbs
State Record: 0.84 lbs
World record: 2 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 1.63 lbs
World record: 5.4 lbs
State Record: 2.99 lbs
World record: 3.0 lbs
State Record: 1.13 lbs
World record: 9.6 lbs
State Record: 7.75 lbs
World record: 2.4 lbs
State Record: 1.30 lbs
World record: 6.8 lbs
State Record: 5.56 lbs
World record: 2 lbs 15 oz
State Record: 3.46 lbs
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 1.04 lbs
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.
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 Texas fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.