Washington Panfish & Perch Fishing
All about fishing for panfish in WA lakes and ponds.
Throughout the state of Washington you can find waters with populations of a variety of sunfish, including bluegill, green sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, warmouth and yellow perch.
Panfish are somewhere in the middle of the food chain in most fishing waters. Most predator fish delight in a nice sunfish for dinner. And, in the warmer waters they are pretty much everywhere. You can find them in ponds, parks, small lakes and rivers. The Columbia River has a nice population of panfish. They also populate many of the major lakes including Alder Lake, Banks Lake, Lake Bryan, Lake Mayfield, Lake Sammamish, Lake Umatilla, Lake Wallula, Lake Washington, Lake Whatcom, Moses Lake, Palmer Lake, Potholes Reservoir, Riffe Lake, Rock Lake, Roosevelt Lake, Silver Lake and Vancouver Lake.
The term "panfish" comprises many species, each called by a variety of names. The bluegill tops the list and is the most common. The Washington state record bluegill sunfish was taken out of Tampico Park Pond and the state record green sunfish was caught from Bailey Lake. Hicks Lake produced the WA state record pumpkinseed sunfish.
Perch Fishing Lakes In Washington
Alder Lake, Banks Lake, Lake Sammamish, Lake Tapps, Lake Umatilla, Lake Washington, Lake Whatcom, Moses Lake, Osoyoos Lake, Ozette Lake, Palmer Lake, Potholes Reservoir, Rock Lake, Roosevelt Lake, Rufus Woods Lake, Silver Lake and Vancouver Lake. Snelsons Slough produced the Washington state record yellow perch.
In-state panfish, sunfish and perch
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 5 oz
World record: 2.1 lbs
State Record: 0 lbs 13 oz
World record: 2 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 1 lbs 1 oz
World record: 3.0 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 6 oz
World record: 2.4 lbs
State Record: 0 lbs 8 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 12 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 Washington, 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 Washington fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.