Learn About Popular Panfish Fishing Options In Arkansas
All about fishing for sunfish in AR lakes and ponds.
Throughout the state you can find waters with sunfish, including bluegill, flier sunfish, green sunfish, longear sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, tilapia, warmouth, white bass, yellow bass and yellow perch.
Panfish & Perch Lakes
All lakes as well as rivers and streams in Arkansas have one or more species of panfish. The larger lakes like Beaver Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Bull Shoals Lake, DeGray Lake, Greers Ferry Lake, Lake Chicot, Lake Conway, Lake Dardanelle, Lake Greeson, Lake Hamilton, Lake Jack Lee, Lake Maumelle, Lake Millwood, Lake Ouachita, Nimrod Lake, Norfork Lake and White Oak Lake tend to have quality populations of panfish with little fishing pressure.
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: 3 lbs 4 oz
World record: 1 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 0 lbs 14 oz
World record: 2.2 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 11 oz
World record: 1.75 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 2 oz
World record: 5.4 lbs
State Record: 2 lbs 14 oz
World record: 3.0 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 8 oz
World record: 4.4 lbs
State Record: 3 lbs 14 oz
World record: 2.4 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 8 oz
World record: 6.8 lbs
State Record: 5 lbs 6 oz
World record: 2 lbs 15 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 2 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 1.24 lbs
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Arkansas State Record Sunfish
The state record bluegill was caught from an unknown pond.
The state record flier sunfish came from the Saline River.
The state record green sunfish came from a pond in Dierks.
The state record longear sunfish came from Table Rock Lake.
The state record redear sunfish came out of Lake Bois dArc.
The state record rock bass was caught in Norfork Lake.
The state record tilapia came out of a private pond.
The state record warmouth came out of Black Dog Bayou.
The state record white bass came from the Mississippi River.
The state record yellow bass was served up by Gillham Lake.
The state record yellow perch was caught from Bull Shoals Lake.
The term "panfish" comprises many species, each called by a variety of names. The bluegill tops the list and is the most common.
One or more species of sunfish populate virtually all warm water streams, ponds and lakes throughout Arkansas, 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.
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.
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 Arkansas fishing waters.