in Missouri for Bluegills, Flier Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Hybrid
Sunfish, Redear Sunfish, Rock Bass, Warmouth, White Bass, Yellow
Perch and Other MO Panfish.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water
streams, ponds and lakes throughout Missouri and around the world
for that matter. They can survive in waters that provide their
natural food source of minnows, crustaceans, insects and worms.
Their competitive nature amongst themselves for food, makes them
relatively easy to catch.
Sunfish Lakes In Missouri
They're everywhere. Literally everywhere. Find fishing waters
and you'll fild one or more species of panfish. Due to limited
fishing pressure private ponds typically turn out the record size
panfish. To fulfill your desire for a big fish fry you might want
to look for tight cover on major lakes including Bull Shoals Lake,
Harry S. Truman Reservoir, Lake of The Ozarks, Mark Twain Lake,
Pomme de Terre Lake, Smithville Reservoir, Stockton Lake, Table
Rock Lake, Thomas Hill Reservoir and Wappapello Lake.
The Missouri state record bluegill was caught from private pond
Bevier, the state record green sunfish was pulled from Stockton Lake,
the MO state record redear sunfish came out of Whetstone Creek
and the state record yellow perch came from Bull Shoals Lake. Private
ponds served up state records for flier sunfish, golden redhorse,
hybrid sunfish and warmouth.
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
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.
Check for Missouri bluegill fishing
articles in the articles section.
Crappie are also considered panfish. For details on crappie visit
World Record: 1.25 lbs
World Record: 2.1 lbs.
World Record: 5.4 lbs.
World Record: 3.0 lbs.
World Record: 2.4 lbs
World Record: 6.8 lbs.
USA Record: 3.75 lbs
For general information on local fishing visit the
Fishing home page.
If you have information, articles or photos relating to panfish
which you would like to see published here, please submit them for
MO Sunfish Fishing - All About Fishing for Bluegill
& Other Panfish in Missouri.