No matter, whatever the underlying reason of your fishing is – either for the fun of it or for the sake of the most delicate flavored fish. Such as perch can offer this, that, and the other.
The key thing about perch is that it keeps feeding all year round, which only adds to its extreme popularity. Thus, you may catch it at any time, harvesting amazing catches from the freshwater streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds.
But, that’s not the whole point. Knowing the perch fishing facts and statistics from experts, who share all their secrets right here, even an amateur fisher is able to learn the ropes of where to find perch and what equipment to use.
Why Anglers Are Hooked on Catching Perch
• There are nearly 165 species in the perch family tree, all having tasty, firm meat and fantastic predator’s camouflage.
• You can find this fish in freshwater areas with natural structures, such as weeds, dams, rocks, reeds, inlets, bridges, bushes and trees. Plants attract bait fish, while bait fish attracts sport fish. Look for it in clear still waters, which are close to habitat features.
• The big fish hang together in deeper water, but small fish – in shallower water. Anyway, one perch caught means you will catch more in the area. Most of the year, congregate in deep water, around submerged objects, at dawn and at dusk.
• Perch fishing has significantly changed over time, but the fish love for specific food has not. The perch diet consists of shellfish or crayfish, as well as small fish and aquatic insects.
• To catch perch, you do not need many expensive tools to get started and finished successfully.
• It has not a big mystery size. However, some fun fishing is guaranteed when they come and bite.
Perch Lures and Baits
Some advices for you:
Live bait: Insect larvae (maggots in particular), small minnows, wax worms, night crawlers, and grubs. Expert advice:
* Crayfish or soft shells are considered to be the best live bait all year round.
* Spoon should be hooked through the tail, but not through the mouth. This way, they will provide more action and attract big fish.
* Spoon work in cool water, but night crawlers do in warmer water.
*Lead heads or lead balls with a hook medium sized and weight 1/64 or 1/32 ounces are the standard choices.
* It is mostly attracted to flashy colors, used for either still fishing or casting. In case of trolling and drifting, it is better to use heavier lead heads sized 1/8 ounce.
* Spinner rigs or blades, spinning around wires create movement and attract.
* Metal, spoon-like lures resemble small fish, being favored in fall/winter season and lightweight lures, because it has got small mouths!
This is carrying and dragging the bait – artificial flies – over the water, so that the fish could grab them on the surface. You will need a fly-fishing rod, reel, poppers or flies. Expert advice: Any fly or popper works wonders.
Perch Fishing Tips and Tricks
Main rule! Practice your own technique for all species!
• See what perch may bite in your area, trying different live baits. Once you know the best option, double up your crappie rigs with the working bait and wait for a bite. Then do not wonder how you have nailed two jumbo in 1 shot! A slip bobber setup is an alternative.
• Fish perch as fast as possible. Save time when re-baiting and removing the hook, as perch schools do not stay for long in one place. Just use a crappie rig and act with a heavy hand. Anything above 1 kg of weight and 40 cm in length is to be a fine catch.
What to expect when fishing for Perch?
Appearance: A small ruffe is the only fish possibly mixed up with a perch. A silvery cream belly, dark olivey back and shoulders, gradually fading into lighter olive or golden tinge, between 7 to 9 vertical stripes (which gave the ‘stripies’ nickname). Perch have very rough scales and no teeth, but expandable bony jaws engulf fish nearly 50% their size!
Length: Up to 18 inches
Weight: Up to 4 pounds
Lifespan: Up to 13 years
As you can see, there is not much to learn for catching perch, if we want to go out fishing and have a good time. But if feeling serious about it, here is the following perch info to keep in mind:
• living in any depth of fresh water;
• travelling in groups from place to place;
• being attracted by color & flashes;
• biting at any time all year long;
• using the lightest tackle & stiff rods, but setting the hook firmly.
Apply your new knowledge, and we promise you’ll catch more and bigger perch in almost any conditions, if they are around! Tight lines, everybody.