Perch are commonly a great game fish to go after. If you are the lucky few who live in the midwest, you will totally understand the desire for the Yellow Perch (Ringed Perch, Lake Perch, or Racoon Perch). Even though your local lake, stream, or river may not be the best place to go try fishing for perch, these tips will get you started and improving your catch overnight.
About Perch (Fluviatilis, Shrenkii and Flavescens)
You probably haven’t heard of any of those scientific names for perch listed above, but we’re sure you’ve heard of yellow perch, European perch and Balkhash perch. These perch though are home to their own different geographical areas though in which they are named by. Perch are often considered a freshwater game fish that is often desired by anglers and fishermen.
Perch are considered to be carnivorous and will be found in small ponds, lakes, streams and even rivers. Perch will feed on smaller fish, shellfish, or insect larvae but usually can be caught with a variety of bait. Perch are more of a schooling fish and will be most active during the dawn and dusk for feeding. Along with that, Perch will also spawn in the spring.
Perch are easily identified by its brass-colored, olive-green, triangle looking bars that run down the sides of the perch. Yellow Perch aren’t that hard to find and is one of the most common fish in North America. Most commonly though they are found in the Great Lakes, particularly Lake Erie. They grow up to 11 inches long and 5 pounds or more. A price catch is considered to be 2 pounds or more though. They live for roughly 10 years.
A few record breaking perch sizes include:
-Britain: 5 lb 15 oz
-America: 6 lb 4 oz
Perch Fishing Tips, Tricks and Techniques
Finally, this is what you’ve been waiting for and most likely visited this page for. We have compiled a list of perch fishing tips, tricks and techniques that hopefully will change your fishing game overnight.
- Spend Enough Time Fishing
- Move Often
- Daytime Feeders
- Fish Transition Areas
- Perch Constantly Move
- Don’t Waste Time
- Follow The Sturgeon
- Not Biting? Try Different Baits
- Try Different Variations of Color and Flashy-ness
- Watch the Depth You Catch At
- Crappie Rig Technique
- Use Only Light-Weight Gear
More often than not, people don’t spend enough time out fishing and simply feel that they aren’t biting. You need to spend time to reap any rewards. We would go as far as to say this is our most important tip out of all our perch fishing tips.
This perch fishing tip may sound a little odd, but moving often – as much as every 30 minutes will help you pinpoint where the school of perch is located. Once you find the school, you can sit back and reap the rewards.
Perch are often daytime feeders for the majority of the year so you shouldn’t have a problem fishing for them throughout the day. We’ve had the most success fishing for perch in the late evening or early morning though.
This is often felt like an unusual tip for perch fishing but you will want to look for areas where there is transition. For example, the end of the sand to weed line, the end of a weed line that enters rocks etc. This is often key to helping you find out where the school of perch are lurking.
One of the easiest ways to accomplish this though is just using a good fish finder. A fish finder will give you a glimpse of what you’re missing below the waterline and result in an important edge when perch fishing.
You may or may not be able to use the same perch fishing spots as before as these fish are constantly on the move. They are a migrating fish and will move to adapt to changing pressures or temperatures. Simply be just moving a few feet out or a few feet in could change your whole day of fishing.
Since perch are schooling fish, they will shift around often and you need to have your lure down as much as possible if you expect to reel in a few perch. You want to catch as many as possible.
This is one of our weird tips but one of our close friends suggest following sturgeon around the lake. This includes simply going to areas where you may find sturgeon and try to fish just outside the area. Pike tend to follow sturgeon since they stir the bottom of the lake and allowing easy meals for the pike.
More often than not, fisherman ignore this tip out of all the perch fishing tips. You need to have a variety of bait to choose from as perch sometimes won’t simply bite.
To combat this, make sure you have a few of the following: minnows, maggots, worms, crayfish, small fish, lobworms, lures and red maggots. They are almost guaranteed to stripe with one of these baits. This is the time to whip out your live bait.
Perch will also be naturally attracted to different colors and flashyness. Make sure your lures have some flash and color to them so perch will go check your lure out.
Once you catch a perch, you will be able to tell the general depth that a perch is at and usually you will find others roughly at the same depth.
Using a crappie rig at first may not be the most productive, but it’ll help you get a general idea what is biting in the area that you are fishing. One of the best methods to see what the fish are looking for is by putting different baits on the rig and seeing what they end up striking at.
If you’re lucky, you may end up getting two perch on one cast! If this simply isn’t working, turn to the class slip bobber and see how well that goes.
You should only be using light-weight gear for perch fishing. Anything more than six pounds test line isn’t required. Personally, we just use 4-6 pound test line and we find it ideal. Following that, a light rod is perfect to use so you can sense strikes and it’ll also provide some fun action. Lighter is better when Perch fishing.
We left this tip for last as most anglers don’t ever consider ways to attract perch. Thankfully though, we have found two effective methods to attracting perch to your boat. They may sound a little odd, but they really do work.
This method will reqire you to put aside any cruel hearts and start using dead fish. Grab some of those sucker or chub minnows and throw them in a blender with some lake water. Your goal is to create a thick soup like substance. Following that, you’ll need a disposable container that you can make a hole in. Put a rope through that hole and make sure it gets covered by the “fish soup” and throw it in the freezer. The next day you go out fishing for perch, just let it hand on the side of your boat and it’ll start attracting perch from all over as it melts.
The second method is a little more tame but its pretty rough on your boat and motor. If you’re okay with getting a little rough with your boat, drive into the thickest weeds and throw your anchor out. Once its out, start driving around with your anchor dragging behind, messing up all the weeds. When you reach the edge of the weed line though, stop and start fishing right on the edge. This method results in a lot of natural perch food to come to the surface such as bugs, shrimp, and more.
These simple perch fishing tips will change your perch fishing day overnight. Make sure you spend enough time trying out a few of these tips before you call it quits! You’ll be catching more perch in no time!