Yellow Perch Fishing Strategies

Choosing the correct line is perhaps the most critical equipment choice you will face.  Simply put the lighter the better.  Fluorocarbon line offers the highest degree of invisibility and should be used at all times when angling for Yellow Perch.  The absolute heaviest line I would use is four pound test, with two pound test preferred.  Yellow Perch spook very easily when using heavy line.

Your next concern is choosing where to fish.  Assuming you have found a lake that supports a healthy population of perch you will want to find a deep section of the lake with a rocky bottom.  It is best that the place you choose have access to shallower water, you don’t want to be in the middle of a large lake.

Yellow Perch are picky in the depth of water they like to feed at.  Your best success will come when your offering is kept six inches to a foot off the bottom.  They will not swim several feet off the bottom to chase a morsel of food.  Remember this fishing is the prime forage species for Northern Pike, Walleye, Musky and a few other species.  They reach trophy size by learning to stay near the bottom and blending in with the available cover.  They do not take chances, you often have to place the bait directly under their noses, otherwise you may catch small perch but avoid the trophies you truly seek to catch.

This in a nutshell is Yellow Perch fishing.  If you take the time to angle for r the trophy fish that weight from one to three pounds you will find it a rewarding form of fishing that can be enjoyed by the entire family.  Some of my best fishing memories occurred many years ago fishing for perch with my father.

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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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