Utah Panfish Fishing
All about fishing for sunfish in UT lakes and ponds.
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 Bear Lake, Deer Creek Reservoir, Fish Lake, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Jordanelle Reservoir, Lake Powell, Otter Creek Reservoir, Pineview Reservoir, Piute Reservoir, Scofield Reservoir, Sevier Bridge Reservoir, Starvation Lake, Strawberry Reservoir 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.
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
UT State Record: 2 lbs 7 oz
World record: 2.1 lbs
UT State Record: 0 lbs 15.5 oz
World record: 6.8 lbs
UT State Record: 4 lbs 1 oz
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.
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 Utah fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.
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