Wisconsin Panfish Fishing
All about fishing for sunfish in WI lakes and ponds.
Throughout the state of Wisconsin you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, green sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, warmouth, white bass, white perch, yellow bass and yellow perch.
Panfish & Perch Lakes
You could search for a long while before finding fishing waters in WI absent of one or more species of sunfish. They tend to be everywhere. Fish for them in ponds, rivers, parks, small lakes and major Wisconsin lakes including Beaver Dam Lake, Big Eau Pleine Reservoir, Big Green Lake, Castle Rock Lake, Chetac Lake, Fence Lake, Geneva Lake, Gile Flowage Lake, Grindstone Lake, Holcombe Flowage, Lac Courte Oreilles, Lac Vieux Desert, Lake Butte des Morts, Lake Chippewa, Lake du Bay, Lake Kegonsa, Lake Koshkonong, Lake Michigan, Lake Monona, Lake Mendota, Lake Onalaska, Lake Pepin, Lake Poygan, Lake Puckaway, Lake Superior, Lake Winnebago, Lake Winneconne, Lake Wisconsin, Lake Wissota, Long Lake, Namekagon Lake, Pelican Lake, Petenwell Lake, Pewaukee Lake, Rainbow Flowage, Shawano Lake, Shell Lake, Tomahawk Lake, Trout Lake, Turtle Flambeau Flowage and Willow Reservoir.
Top Producing Panfish Lures & Bait
Check out the top producing lures and bait for bluegill, redear sunfish, rock bass and warmouth, as well as other smaller sunfish. Click here for the best lures for white bass, yellow bass, white perch and yellow perch.
In-state panfish, sunfish and perch
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 9.8 oz
World record: 2.2 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 9 oz
World record: 2 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 1 lbs 3.4 oz
World record: 3.0 lbs
State Record: 2 lbs 15 oz
World record: 2.4 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 1 oz
World record: 6.8 lbs
State Record: 5 lbs 3.8 oz
World record: 4.6 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 6 oz
World record: 2 lbs 15 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 12 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 3 lbs 4 oz
Click the images and links above for species details.
Wisconsin Record Sunfish
The state record bluegill was caught from Green Bay.
The state record green sunfish came from Wind Lake.
The state record pumpkinseed sunfish came out of Silver Lake.
The state record rockbass came out of Shadow Lake.
The state record warmouth came out of Eagle Lake.
The state record white bass came out of the Mississippi River.
The state record white perch came out of Chequamegon Bay.
The state record yellow bass came out of Lake Waubesa.
The state record yellow perch was caught from Lake Winnebago.
The term "panfish" comprises many species, each called by a variety of names. The bluegill tops the list and is the most common.
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 Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.