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All about fishing for sunfish in WY lakes and ponds.

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Throughout the state of Wyoming you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, green sunfish, rock bass and yellow perch.

One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water streams, ponds and lakes throughout Wyoming, 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 Lakes

The major lakes hold the larger schools of sunfish. These lakes include Bighorn Lake, Boysen Lake, Buffalo Bill Lake, Glendo Reservoir, Grayrocks Reservoir, Guernsey Reservoir, Keyhole Reservoir, Lake DeSmet, Lake Hattie Reservoir and Ocean Lake. Panfish are also found in most ponds, rivers and small lakes in the warmer sections of the state.

The term "panfish" comprises many species, each called by a variety of names. The bluegill tops the list and is the most common.

Bluegill

Lake View North Pond produced the Wyoming state record bluegill and the state record green sunfish came out of a private pond. Mayland Pond yielded the WY state record yellow perch.

In-state panfish, sunfish and perch

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 1 lbs 14 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

State Record: 0 lbs 14 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

State Record: 1 lbs 12 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 4 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.

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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