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West Virginia Panfish Fishing

All about fishing for sunfish in WV lakes and ponds.

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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.

Panfish Fishing Lakes In West Virginia

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 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 West Virginia state record bluegill sunfish came out of a private pond and Tygart Lake produced the WV state record yellow perch.

Fishing for panfish in West Virginia



World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

WV State Record: 2 lbs 12 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

WV State Record: 1 lbs 12 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

WV State Record: 4 lbs 9 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

WV 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.

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.

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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.

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