Five Fishing Secrets for White Perch

White perch are delightful to catch and to enjoy with some wonderful recipes too. They have a sweet taste that many people enjoy, even those that aren’t fond of the taste of other forms of fish. Here are 5 tips that will help you to take home plenty of them from your fishing efforts!

Locate them – White perch are found in schools so you won’t be just finding one when you identify them. For the best chances of catching them though you need to be able to identify where they are at. They are usually found living in rivers and range in size from about 7 to 10 inches long. They tend to stay around areas of the water that are deep but that are also slow moving. Check out coves, back waters, and any place that you can see in the water where shallow water will be flowing into deeper areas.

Survey the area around the river too for any trees. Do you see locations where the trees hang over the water? If so, these are also prime areas where you want to be looking for white perch. This is a place where you may find plenty of them when the weather is warm. They know that there will be plenty of insects from the trees that fall into the water for them to feed on. They also use the shade from the tree branches to cool off on a hot day.

Small creeks seem to be a good place where people find white perch. You can do some research online to find out what people are catching where. The fishing reports for most areas are online through the Department of Wildlife. Not only will this give you a good idea of the places you should check out, but you can find out how many white perch are being caught and the size of them.

Best places to find them – If you are lucky enough to be able to go fishing along the Chesapeake Bay area or the Hudson River that is where you will have the best luck with white perch. There are several reservoir areas in Maryland where I have had great results too. Look for water that is low salt or fresh for these fish. Spawning takes place from April through June so there will be lots of movement around that time of year.

I have heard that areas of Nova Scotia and even down into South Carolina are also great places to fish for them. I haven’t checked those places out myself but do get plenty of information from other people about finding nice looking white perch in those areas.

Temperatures – The temperatures for different times of day and even the different seasons of the year influence where you will find white perch so don’t assume it will always be the same. When it is hot out they will look for a cool shaded area. When it is cool they will be in deeper waters because that will be warmer for them. Some people fish with two poles and try various locations with each one until they locate where the white perch happen to be. A fish finder can be a great tool too if you have one handy.

In the winter months they tend to move farther down stream than the rest of the year. White perch are known to be semi anadromous and they will migrate with the tide of the water so you need to pay attention to those movements if you want to come away with a great catch at the end of the day.

Tackle – For catching white perch you want to have a light spinning reel. You don’t need anything high dollar or fancy to work with. You want to use line that is 4 to 6 pound monofilament. The rod should be fast action though due to the fact that when you get a nibble from a white perch you need to act fast. I use a #6 shank hook and do very well with it for this type of fishing.

Bait – You also want to keep it simple when it comes to the bait you choose for white perch. Worms are the best bet and you can either capture your own or just pick up some night crawlers from any location. Other types of bait that work well for white perch are shrimp, minnows, and even small insects. You may want to try out several of these choices to find out what is attracting white perch in a given location. All of these forms of bait are inexpensive too which is a bonus. You do want to keep your bait moving around so keep them in the shade and make sure they have enough air to breathe.

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