Four Lake Perch Fishing Techniques

Perch are small fish that do not require any special equipment to catch. Therefore, anyone can fish for them and catching this species is rather easy. Normally, the perch can be found near the bottom of the water but sometimes you can find them anywhere throughout the lake. It mainly depends on the time of year when you’re fishing. They are a school fish so if you find one, there will surely be more perch in the same area.
Perch will move around a lot but they usually stay close to the same area. In other words, they will come out of cover and swim around but they’ll stay within a close proximity of the cover they call home. One reason the perch is a popular game fish is because you can catch them any time of the day or during any season. This means that you can seek them out anytime you’re in the mood to reel in a mess of fish. However, they do have a tendency of biting for a while, then stopping, then starting again.
Fish with the lightest tackle you can use and still get results. Many anglers opt for number 8 hooks and test line in the four to six pound range. Use a stiff rod combined with an ultra light reel for the best results. When this fish is hungry, you’ll know it because they’ll produce heavy strikes but other times, the lightweight gear will help you feel when you get a bite. When you do hook one, be careful setting the hook to avoid pulling it all the way through its fragile mouth.
Lake Fishing Techniques for Perch
The best place to find perch is lakes. This makes a more suitable habitat for them than some of the other bodies of water. It’s actually easier to find and catch the perch in a small lake than it is in a large one because you don’t have as much ground to cover.
Four fishing techniques to use when fishing for perch in a lake:
1. Jigging- This is a great technique because you can quietly get your bait into the strike zone without scaring the fish away. Remember to start on the outside of the school and work inward and you’ll get more bites.
2. Casting- You can cast for perch most anywhere from a boat or on shore. When shore fishing you will need a clearing behind you to prevent getting your hook caught in the trees and brush before you even have a chance to fish.
3. Drifting- This technique can be used two ways. You can fish from shore by going upstream and dropping in your line. The current will drift the bait downstream and past the areas where the perch may be hiding out. When drifting from a boat, you’ll need to prepare your fishing rods and when you get them ready, turn off the boat motor and drift. Allow the boat to drift downstream with the current while you fish.
4. Fly Fishing- When using this technique, you’ll be fishing with flies that stay on the top of the water. You don’t fish with weights or sinkers but you’ll need a fly fishing rod around 7 to 8 feet long. The fishing line will be a little thicker than what you may be use to because this is needed to carry the flies to the strike zone since they are so lightweight. Flies are very colorful and designed to look and mimic the movement of insects scooting across the top of the water. They’re very effective when fished correctly.
You can choose any technique you want to use when fishing for perch. Pick something that you feel comfortable using but try experimenting once in awhile for variety and to learn how well other techniques work in your location. After choosing the method for you, it’s time to pick out the bait.
Perch Fishing Bait
When fly fishing, you’ll use flies to attract the perch but when using one of the other techniques, you have a variety of options to choose from for bait. Perch are not usually picky when it comes to food. Normally, it will eat most anything that will fit in its mouth but when using artificial bait, it’s still a good idea to choose something that resembles the food it eats naturally. Soft plastic baits that resemble minnows, worms and grubs are all good choices.
Spoons and spinner rigs are also great options for this fish. These tend to get their attention because perch are attracted to bright, flashy lures so, collect a variety of colors and styles. When they’re in a picky mood and not taking artificial lures, you can always turn to live bait. Small minnows are the best bait to use for perch but worms and night crawlers will yield some excellent results as well.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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