Yellow perch, a pretty little yellow fish; there is no more typical tag than that to explain this feisty freshwater panfish. It’s a fish no more than 6-12 inches in general. But that length is not constant, and the yellow perch can be over 12 inches in size. Yellow is not a tone too soothing to the eyes, but the color suits the yellow perch, just perfect.
The yellow in it could be pale and light and too bright as gold as well, depending on individual fish. However, the seven vertical thick dark stripes are constant on both sides of its body.
Yellow Perch Fishing Tips
A Tasty Feisty Panfish
Although small, it is a feisty fish, thus many anglers’ top pick. When hooked, it would fight like no other, irrespective of its small size. Also, it’s a freshwater fish that is super tasty when cooked and its abundance in different water bodies makes it a fish that everyone enjoys hooking.
When it’s a top pick for the anglers, let’s get into the detail, more of the basic ones of Yellow perch fishing, and make your angling experience more fruitful.
Find It All Over The Freshwater Body
If one thing we think is the best about yellow perch, then it has to be their presence in a lake, river, pond, or stream in abundance. It’s a fish roaming throughout the water body in a shoal. If you somehow find the school, you can continuously catch yellow perch one after another. Schooling having 100-200 yellow perch is no myth. So, one can only imagine how much fun it would be to target that shoal. The bigger and clear the water body is, the larger the yellow perches will be. Small water bodies will have smaller yellow perch, way too much to fail in yellow perch fishing.
Simple To Lure the Entire Shoal
The bait you offer, the simplest ones, for instance, minnows to yellow perch, they will take it. And if one takes it, that doesn’t spook the others in the shoal. Rather if baited correctly, the others will get lured with the offered bait more and take the hook to be trapped and fished.
Bottom Feeder With A But
It’s a bottom feeder fish. So, it eats everything, mainly remaining at the bottom of the water surface. If you want to catch one, try going deep with your fishing line and hook. However, it doesn’t remain at the bottom all the time. It roams in the middle, even right on the surface as well. So, you have to search for it throughout the waterbody.
Spawning is always the best to catch any fish, not just the yellow perch. They head towards shallow water and pretty much easily attainable without putting in the extra effort. However, they are the most active in late spring after they are done with spawning and getting more involved in hunting for forage. The group searches for food, moving from shallow water to deeper water showing much activity, and you get a whole shoal to hunt. And the best part about spring is you can seek the big ones in shallow water.
Search Around The Underwater Structures
No matter where the fish is roaming and feeding, in deep water or shallow water, chances are always high for anglers to find them around structures. Rocks, gravel, reefs, weed beds, around all types of aquatic vegetation, drop-offs, and such are some of the structures where the shoal gathers rather than remaining in open water.
Try Bigger Ones In Winter
Although many might not enjoy the winter season for angling, this is the time when you can catch some of the bigger yellow perch. It will not be as easy as catching regular ones but will be an experience very different and satisfying. In the winter, the bigger yellow perch remain deep under the ice in a shoal. So, find your favorite yellow perch location and go straight deep under the ice during winter to pursue that shoal and get some really big ones to flaunt and relish. Winter is not the season to search for yellow perch in shallow water, for that the whole year is more than enough.
Bait Them With Their Favorite Forage
We have already mentioned minnow at one point. Other than that, there is a lot that you can use to catch yellow perch. From crayfish, earthworms, waxworms, redworms, eyeballs to larva as maggots and pieces of nightcrawlers, yellow perch eat everything that could easily fit its mouth. It’s not a big fish, so always try putting small baits so that the fish doesn’t lose interest, thinking biting that big piece is not fun and instead leave for its own hunt for forage.
The Yellow Perch Fishing Gear
The Rod – Small fish like yellow perch mostly require a rod with a sensitive tip. You will need to feel the fish gnawing the bait deep in the water; they are bottom feeders, remember, or trying to escape after getting trapped. And as you need to cast deeper and at a far distance to search and drift for the shoal, a long rod is a need. Keep the rod 6-7 inches long, flexible with a sensitive tip, and very lightweight. If possible, try ultra-lightweight graphite spinning rods.
The Reel – Pair the rod up with a basic spinning reel that has a decent drag system. The fish is feisty but not too big to need a fancy fishing reel. The only thing is as you will have the opportunity to angle multiple yellow perch within a short span. Of course, if, found the shoal. The reel must be smooth and quick enough to tackle the whole situation.
The Line – Spool your chosen spinning reel up and fill the rod guides with a basic monofilament fishing line, about 6-8 pound test line.
The Split Shots – You might need just one or two split shots to lock on the mainline before tying the hook on its tip.
The Hook– A size-6 hook is perfect. You can try #4 and #8 as well.
The Bobber – The line needs to reach deep in the water. So, make your fishing technique crisper and full-proof by using a bobber or float. However, that’s not something mandatory.
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Yellow perch provides the fun of angling by putting up a tough fight, not too rare to find, and when hooked one, you catch multiples with the simplest of gear and bait, landing you enough main ingredients for your lunch and dinner, what more one can expect from a fun fishing experience.