Perch is a fish species that has approximately 165 different varieties of which the yellow perch, black harsh perch, and the European perch happen to be the prime ones. Perches are found abundantly in all the states of the USA and the Canadian provinces in the freshwater bodies.
The yellow perch variety which abounds in the lakes and rivers of North America is a game fish whose meat will surely titillate your taste buds and it is no wonder that the species is remarkably popular with anglers. Perches feast on crayfish, shrimps, worms, small fish species, and other marine life forms of a miniature variety. Since the perch is available in plenty, fishing restrictions are not enforced stringently. So, you stand a good chance of netting a good catch by abiding the following perch fishing tips.
Since perch is a freshwater fish, you’re more likely to find the species in a lake, large pond, river or stream. Then again it is a fish that stays somewhat deeper in the water to keep away from the direct rays of the sunlight during summer. So, remember to keep the lure a couple of feet deep in the water especially during the summers. Perches are gregarious by nature and like to move or feed in groups rather than go about in isolation.
So, if you spot or hook one in a specific spot, chances are that you’ll catch a tonne as a school is moving around in the vicinity and so stay right on course. Also, single out spots that are gravelled or rocky with a scanty distribution of coral reefs or weed cover. Be on the lookout for areas replete with natural vegetation and/or formations like inlets, coves, coral reefs, weeds, and so on. These are the areas where underwater plants thrive. Small fishes are attracted to underwater or submarine vegetation that in turn lures the bigger game fishes.
Perches prefer to swim around in schools as per their size. So, if you’re looking for perches along the periphery of the lake or river close to land, you’re likely to end up with smaller catches. In order to hook the bigger perch, you’ll have to move deeper farther from the edge. The large perches tend to circle around submerged objects and in groups.
No, you don’t have to plan your fishing trip keeping a particular time period in mind as perches keep moving and surfacing for the better part of the day and evening. Just avoid angling at night when it is pitch dark rendering it difficult for you to make out whether you hooked a perch or walleye. However, keep in mind that the perch has a variable feeding cycle or habit. That is, they might be biting on the baits very aggressively during a particular cycle or may not be taking the lure at all in the next. So, you’ve to keep changing your spots if you observe such a pattern.
You need to keep a very low profile as far as using fishing tackle & gear is concerned when it comes to baiting perches. Perches are smaller than their cousins, the walleyes and so it follows that their bites are also milder or lighter. Therefore, you need to use a fishing line or tackle that is ultra-light something not heavier than 4 pounds and see to it that the line or rod is taut in order to make the hook (complete with the bait) sensitive to nibbling by the perch.
You don’t need any specialized fishing gear or sophisticated angling techniques to hook perches as these fishes abound in the lakes and rivers. You just have to position yourself at the right spot(s) to maximize your chances of hooking perches in droves. Talking about using an appropriate fishing strategy, fly fishing is a technique that has been exploited to the hilt by seasoned anglers.
When it comes to fly fishing, you do away with using any kind of weight that keeps the lure or bait underwater. You simply use a graphite or fiberglass rod that is light enough to keep the bait which in this case is an artificial fly or popper, floating on the surface. If you’re using a rod with a reel or spool, ensure that the weights of line and rod correspond i.e. their heftiness should balance out each other.
Since perches prefer to feed on small insects skipping across water, you could do with using artificial poppers or flies that look almost like the live ones. You can use any color of popper as the perch is not so fastidious. Use both your hands for fly fishing gripping the rod with your right hand while using the other to release the line gradually. Cast your line as far as the tackle allows you to and keep flipping it from different positions. As far as perch fishing is concerned, you don’t to need to try too hard, as a little but concerted effort will go a long way.
Of course, a perch is attracted by an artificial lure but nothing works better than live baits. Crayfishes are ideal as live lures but minnows, wax worms, shrimps, and insect larvae are effective as well. Use baits that are lightweight and small since perches bite mildly and also have small mouths.
So, there you’ve it, perch fishing tips that you can make the most of. So, head to the nearest sports goods shop or to an outlet selling fishing tackle and buy a tackle. Opt for a lightweight rod (and reel) that’ll make it easier for you tap the line back and forth, and cast the line conveniently during trolling. Go for a monofilament line with a closed or open spool/reel. Of all the varieties of perch available, the majority of these are so small that they won’t be suitable for frying pans. It is only the larger ones known as ‘saugers’ that are worth barbequing on a Friday night.