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Utah Panfish Fishing

All about fishing for sunfish in UT lakes and ponds.

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Throughout the state of Utah you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, green sunfish, white bass and yellow perch.

Panfish Fishing Lakes In Utah

Panfish seem to be found everywhere. Ponds, creeks, rivers and small lakes generally have one or more species of panfish. Major Utah lakes with a significant population of sunfish include Deer Creek Reservoir, Fish Lake, Jordanelle Reservoir, Lake Powell, Pineview Reservoir, Sevier Bridge Reservoir, Starvation Lake and Utah Lake.

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.


The Utah state record bluegill came out of Mantua Reservoir and Glassman Pond produced the UT state record green sunfish. The Utah state record yellow perch was taken out of Sevier Bridge Reservoir.

Fishing for panfish in Utah



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

UT State Record: 2 lbs 7 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

UT State Record: 0 lbs 15.5 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

UT State Record: 4 lbs 1 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

UT State Record: 2 lbs 11 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

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

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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 Utah fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.

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