West Virginia Panfish Fishing
All about fishing for sunfish in WV lakes and ponds.
Throughout the state of West Virginia you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, hybrid sunfish, rock bass, white bass and yellow perch.
You can catch sunfish most everywhere in West Virginia. Fish for them in ponds, creeks, rivers and lakes. Major WV lakes with sunfish include Beech Fork Lake, Bluestone Lake, Burnsville Lake, Jennings Randolph Lake, Moncove Lake, Mount Storm Lake, O’Brien Lake, Stonewall Jackson Lake, Summersville Lake and Tygart 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 West Virginia state record bluegill sunfish came out of a private pond and Tygart Lake produced the WV state record yellow perch.
In-state panfish, sunfish and perch
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 12 oz
World record: 3.0 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 12 oz
World record: 6.8 lbs
State Record: 4 lbs 9 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 1 lbs 13 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 West Virginia, 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 West Virginia fishing waters. The panfish fishing videos offer a first hand look a anglers catching panfish.