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I was fishing at one of my local small lakes last night for some left over Brownies.

Then I started to notice that fish were jumping all over the place. I couldn't tell if they were trout or small bass. Than I landed a nightcrawler on top of on the places were a nice fish jumped. It ended up being a Perch. About 12". Very cool looking fish and my first one ever since I have never targeted them. Are night crawlers on a split shot rig the best way to go? I have read that they can go as deep as 20 ft. The lake is pretty shallow with 14 foot the deepest spot.

Do they like cover? It seems that most that were jumping were in the open water spots where there was no brush. I guess I'm just looking for hints. Because I wanted to keep the one perch but I ran out of worms and I know that one fish isn't going to make a nice dinner.

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Perch will bite on night crawlers and shiners. They are usually open water fish. They run in big schools and seem to move constantly.

They have very tasty white meat. My wife will dip the fillets in egg and roll them in pancake mix before frying.

Hope this helps,

Falcon

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Thanks for the confirmation on the nightcrawlers.

We can't really buy shiners up here with all the new rules going on in our state of NY.

Good to know that they are a schooling fish though. That would explain them jumping like crazy in certain spots when it gets towards night time.

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In Idaho, we use small ( 2 " or 3 " ) grubs with good success for yellow perch. We also use smaller spinners, as they seem to like anything with flash. They are also one of the best eating fish that I know of. My wife, bless her heart, just reminded me that we've caught perch on EVERYTHING that we use for s.m.bass. Attatched is a pic of one I caught on a Shad Rap. ( Just noticed that isn't a Shad Rap, although it is a rapala. )

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They don't really put up much of a fight though do they?

When I started reeling him in he really wasn't doing anything. He was actually spinning on the line lol. I had no clue what it was until I got him up on shore.

About a half hour later I had a monster pumpkin seed on the line that felt like a bass. I was shocked when I got him to shore and discovered that it wasn't a small brown or largemouth. Man those suckers can fight good for there size.

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In Idaho, we use small ( 2 " or 3 " ) grubs with good success for yellow perch. We also use smaller spinners, as they seem to like anything with flash. They are also one of the best eating fish that I know of.

I have some small teenie mister twister grubs in a pink color. Do you think they will hit them? Or are they like bass and like more darker colors?

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Our lake ( Lake Cascade ) is full of yellow perch. We have caught them on every color pattern we have tried, usually when we're fishing for s.m.bass. I don't recall using pink anything, but I'd give it a try. I think they're more interested in action than color. Mainly curly tailed grubs or something with a little action works well here. My wife caught a 16 incher on a Shad Rap this spring, and we've caught numerous perch of 14 and 15 inches on bass crank-baits and soft plastics. The small perch are bad about tearing the tails off our grubs and plastic worms before the bigger ones can get to them. Lots of fun on light tackle.

 I caught this one yesterday eve after making this post. Caught it on a senko rigged wacky style on a c-rig in 12 ft of water off a sandbar while smallmouth fishing.

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I've also caught numerous yellow perch in open water while fishing for smallies, but I've also caught them in weedy areas while fishing for largemouth. They'll take a variety of artificial lures. If I were targeting them I'd use small crankbaits or 2-3" grubs on jigheads.

Perch are popularly thought to be among the tastiest fish.

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My son and I catch them on little shad-colored plugs.  This one caught on a Strike King Bitsy Pond Minnow.  

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I wish perch would get as big as bass because these things will hit anything! Caught this 6" perch today on a Bomber model A (6A). Talk about greedy!

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    I nail yellow and white perch from the river behind my house constantly. The yellows usually move to lakes and ponds when they get larger. The whites however are huge and they take almost anything. I'll typically nail 6 or 7 one to two pound white perch in an hour using a little joe (silver spoons) with a dillie. Fillet them like a pan fish. Lay the fillets out on tin foil and season with butter, garlic salt, a few squirts of lemon, and pepper. Wrap in foil and cook slowly on grill. MMMMMMMMMMMMMM! Best tasting fresh water fish.......trust me.

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good perch bait is... perch!

After I catch a small one with a worm or jig or whatever, I cut it up and use it as cutbait for more perch.  Leave the skin on the little pieces and they stay on the hook much better.

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good perch bait is... perch!

After I catch a small one with a worm or jig or whatever, I cut it up and use it as cutbait for more perch. Leave the skin on the little pieces and they stay on the hook much better.

Very true but unfortunatly it's illegal in Switzerland.

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I have only ever caught one perch. I caught him when I was visiting my cousins in England on vacation. He has a small creek neer his house which is filled with many small european game fish. I caught a 13 inch perch on a live worm fishing under some cover at the back of the lake. It was my first and only perch ever.

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Yaller perch is dam fine eatin

they do travel in constantly moving schools

so it is normal for action to be hot and heavy than die down. and start up again etc.

but i find that rip rap can hold schools

I had a lake (ronk) back on L.I where i would go when in the mood for perch.

I used the same bait virtually all the time.

It was a 1/8th oz ball jig with a yellow twister tail.  I had to have something cheap because  I would fish from the back of a german restaurant that bordered the lake.  The rip rap had many huge chunks of concrete and I would loose alot of rigs.

My technique was to cast out past the main structure and bounce the jig through the rocks and concrete slabs.  It usually didn't take more than a couple of hours to catch enough chunky ones for the family dinner.

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Jeez. The perch around here (southeast NH) are easy as hell to catch. Snell and a worm into the river and BAM! The other day I caught six keepers in an hour, then 4 white perch in another hour. All nice sized. Yesterday my brother and I went down to the river and caught some huge yellow perch. Avid is right though. They do school and move constantly. I definately noticed that we'll slam them for like 10-15 minutes, one after another, then there will be none until the next wave moves through. That's why we scower the river essentially finding the schools. The best and cheapest bait to use is the guts from another yellow perch....... say one that has swallowed the hook and is going to die anyway.

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