Guide To Panfish Fishing In Kentucky
All about fishing for sunfish in KY lakes and ponds.
Throughout the state of Kentucky you can find waters with populations of sunfish, including bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, warmouth, white bass, yellow bass and yellow perch. It might be difficult to find a lake in KY that doesn't have panfish of one kind or another.
Healthy populations of panfish can be found in major impoundments including Barren River Lake, Buckhorn Lake, Cave Run Lake, Cedar Creek Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Dewey Lake, Fishtrap Lake, Grayson Lake, Green River Lake, Guist Creek Lake, Herrington Lake, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland, Lake Linville, Lake Malone, Laurel River Lake, Nolin River Lake, Paintsville Lake, Rough River Lake, Taylorsville Lake, Wood Creek Lake and Yatesville Lake. Private ponds are notorious for serving up nice sunfish and bluegills. Small lakes, ponds, rivers and streams have populations of panfish as well.
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: 4 lbs 3 oz
World record: 2.2 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 9.44 oz
World record: 1.75 lbs
State Record: 0 lbs 13.28 oz
World record: 2 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 0.88 lbs
World record: 5.4 lbs
State Record: 3 lbs 1 oz
World record: 3.0 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 10 oz
World record: 2.4 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 6.2 oz
World record: 6.8 lbs
State Record: 5 lbs 0 oz
World record: 2 lbs 15 oz
State Record: 1 lbs 6.4 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 1 lbs 7 oz
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Kentucky State Record Sunfish
The state record bluegill was caught from a strip mine lake.
The state record flier sunfish came from a private pond.
The state record green sunfish came from a private pond.
The state record longear sunfish came from a strip mine pond.
The state record redbreast sunfish came out of Marsh Creek.
The state record redear sunfish came out of a farm pond.
The state record rockbass was caught in Casey Creek.
The state record warmouth came out of a private pond.
Two state record white bass (tie), one came from Herrington Lake and the other from Kentucky Lake.
The state record yellow bass was served up by the Cumberland River.
The state record yellow perch was caught from Kentucky 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 Kentucky, 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 Kentucky fishing waters.