I have had a lot of success catching perch while trolling. My first encounter with the tasty fish was while trolling for walleye at a local lake. I had caught perch at the lake prior to this while bait fishing in the marina. I found that trolling for perch resulted in a bigger bag and size of fish. Apparently they prefer the sandy areas along the bottom of the lake. They also are found in schools so I was able to catch several in the same area by trolling back and forth along the same path. I used a smaller, different lure than the one I used to troll for walleye. I also find that a good fishfinder saves a lot of time locating the schools of fish. Below you will find what you need to know to catch perch in lakes or streams. I hope you find the information beneficial and will like us on facebook or follow us on tweeter.
They are a delicacy when deep fried especially in peanut oil. Their smaller size make an ideal meal that is delicious to the palette. They are easy to catch so they make it worthwhile to fish for when the other species are not biting or when fishing for that campfire treat after a day’s fishing.
I have caught a lot of perch while trolling for walleyes and other fish.
I have caught a good number of very nice perch trolling Wally divers and similar baits. Good Luck!!
Trolling is a great way to find fish in unknown water. For perch worm
rigs/spinner rigs can be very productive as can smaller crankbaits.
With nearly 165 species in its family tree, freshwater perch just might be the most abundant fish in North America [source: Hocutt]. A popular sport fish, yellow perch, also known as lake perch, can be found in the lakes, rivers and streams of almost all fifty states and most of the Canadian provinces plus most foreign countries.
That abundance — not to mention their tasty, firm meat — might explain why many anglers are hooked on catching the fish that has become a popular main course at Friday night fish fries. Perch feed year-round, so they can be caught year-round, which adds to their popularity.
Perch Fishing Tips, Tricks and Techniques
You most likely came to this web page for our selection of perch fishing tips. Below you’ll find some of the best and most effective tips for fishing for perch. Many of these tips are specific to the North American yellow perch, but will work for all perch species. If you have a tip for perch fishing that should be listed below then please send it to us. We’ll review it, test it and if it makes sense we’ll add it to our blog.
The Right Artificial Lures – Artificial lures can work well, but you need to pick out the right type- otherwise you are wasting your time. We recommend using a set of poppers as well as a lightweight jig.
The Best Live Bait – Perch fishing has changed over the decades, but their love for food hasn’t. Live bait is usually more effective than artificial lures. One of the best baits to use are soft shells (crayfish). This type of bait works all year round. If soft shells aren’t available then minnows will work just as well in cool water while night crawlers will work better in warmer water.
Use a Crappie Rig – A crappie rig is a great way to catch perch and also see what they might be biting on in your area. We like to rig up different types of live bait on our crappie rigs and see what they are striking on. Once we know, we’ll double up our rig with the bait that works and then wait for a bite. Nothing is more exciting that nailing 2
jumbo perch in one shot. If you’re not a fan of crappie rigs then a simple slip bobber setup will work just as well.
Don’t Get Robbed – Perch are notorious bait thieves and you’ll want to make sure you use a small hook to prevent them from getting away. Also try to keep your bait on the tip of your hook to better improve your chances of setting a hook when a perch strikes it. While fishing for bass at Lake Havasu, we had a hard time getting the bait deep enough for the bass because the small perch took all the bait off the hook while lowering it in the water.
Don’t Waste Time – When you catch your first perch don’t waste time removing the hook and re-baiting. Perch are schooling fish and where you find one you’ll find many more. Their schools don’t stay in one place for long, so make sure once you find a school you fish it as fast as possible; hence the use of a crappie rig as mentioned above.”
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FYI—Young girl in Idaho catches record perch:
Thought you might like this article.
When 12-year-old Tia Wiese landed a behemoth yellow perch last March on
Idaho’s Cascade Lake, she hoped it would break the state record. But little did the Eagle, Idaho, angler know her 2-pound, 11.68-ounce jumbo would eventually shatter a world benchmark as well. “We received confirmation January 12 from the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame that Tia’s fish has been recognized as a new ice-fishing world record for fish caught on a tip-up,” said her father, Gary, who was fishing with her at the time. A local firefighter, he savors spending time on the water with his daughter at every possible opportunity.
“I knew it was a big fish, but setting a world record was a surprise,” said Tia, now 13.
The father-daughter team paid their dues to land the portly perch. In fact, just getting out onto the ice was a challenge. “We had to back our trailer in the water and use ramps to get our four-wheeler on the ice,” Gary recalled, explaining that recent rains had raised the lake level, pulling the icepack away from the bank. “The rain also left water on the ice, which refroze in a thin crust, and we had to deal with that. Strong winds and a rain-sleet mix added to the adversity. “The conditions were pretty miserable,” Gary confided. Seeking shelter, the pair popped up their portable over 24 feet of water along a breakline leading up to a spawning flat brushed by current from an incoming creek. While jigging from the house, they watched tip-ups positioned along the break.
At around 11 a.m., a flag tripped over 14 feet of water, triggering an epic battle that saw the trophy perch race 25 yards to foul their jigging lines before eventually being pulled onto the ice. “When I heard our lines going in the shanty, I knew it had gotten tangled in them,” Tia recalled. “We thought it was a tiger muskie at first,” Gary added.
They can get big!
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