Vermont Panfish Fishing
All about fishing for sunfish in VT lakes and ponds.
Throughout the state of Vermont you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, white perch and yellow perch. They are a favorite of kids, as they are relatively easy to catch.
If you like to fish for panfish, you have lots of local choices. Most ponds, parks, small lakes and rivers have one or more species of sunfish. The major lakes in Vermont with panfish include Island Pond, Lake Bomoseen, Lake Carmi, Lake Champlain, Lake Dunmore, Lake Memphremagog, Lake St Catherine, Lake Willoughby, Maidstone Lake and Seymour Lake.
"Panfish" are a collection of many species. The bluegill tops the list, and is the most common. The Connecticut River produced the Vermont state record bluegill sunfish and Lake Champlain was home to the VT state record pumpkinseed sunfish and yellow perch.
In-state panfish, sunfish and perch
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 1 lbs 9 oz
World record: 2 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 1 lbs 4 oz
World record: 3.0 lbs
State Record: 2 lbs 0 oz
World record: 4.6 lbs
State Record: 2 lbs 9 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 2 oz
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.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water streams, ponds and lakes throughout Vermont, 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.
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 Vermont fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.