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Wannabee Yellow Perch Anglers

For the anglers at the southern most point of the Yellow Perch range who want to increase their catches.

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Comment by Jason Preslar on November 11, 2014 at 7:23pm

Larger lakes in my area that have yellow perch seem to only give up a few if any for anglers. I only know of one impoundment (55 acres) that actually will give up respectable numbers of perch on a regular basis. Although I will admit that when the weather chilled down the perch didn't cooperate as usual.

Upon the aforementioned trip I only caught one initially until a friend of mine arrived and he was equipped with a fish finder. We still only landed a handful. I was in my yak and usually I catch them fishing cover in the usual haunts but this day I kind of drifted the areas he marked while estimating the depth I offered my baits according to what he said his depth finder was marking.

Comment by John Sheehan on September 5, 2013 at 8:36am

looking through my pics, Yellow Perch catching from shore starts  around the 3rd week of October and can be great till ice up .That's in my home  NJ lake.

Comment by John Sheehan on September 5, 2013 at 8:19am

They'll be in the shallows before too long David .Hang in there !

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on May 16, 2013 at 4:16pm
The larger lakes here in the south are the ticket for yellows.
the Savannah River pretty much marks the southern limit of their
range. The tactics you Midwesters use would work as well here.
I don't have a boat, so I never get to target them properly. I content myself with catching them where I can.
Comment by dick tabbert on May 15, 2013 at 10:20pm

Jim we do the same in Lake Erie. The perch will almost always be on the bottom and fishing a spreader its nothing to catch doubles.

Comment by dick tabbert on May 15, 2013 at 10:00pm

Good stuff David

Comment by Jeffrey D. Abney on May 15, 2013 at 6:54pm

Thanks for the information guys.....I get a little better every year with these guys....we just have so much water to cover and learn patterns.....

Comment by jim cosgrove on May 15, 2013 at 6:52pm

jeffrey,those we got in spades up here.lake michigan is full of giant yellow perch.they love minnows and crawdad meat .i use a crappie rig and not un common to catch em 2 at a time .always on or near the bottom.

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on May 15, 2013 at 6:13pm
From what I know, consistent catches of yellows dePends on depth and bottom structure.
After the spawn, you have to look in 20-30 feet of water over structure like humps, sunken rock piles etc. They hang around such places looking for invertebrates, and small bait fish. If food is scarce, they move on.
These are open water fish that move around in search of food. A boat and depth finder are a must, and minnows are the preferred bait. Worms are a good second choice. Look for the schools, and get a jig, small spoon or minnow in there quick.
They are active in the day, actually sleeping at night... so no need to go too early. They school up in the twilight hour and swim toward shore until they run into the bottom, where they just "lay down" and go to sleepy in loose groups. When morning light again comes upon the water, they form back up and go back on the prowl
Once you locate a school, the action will be hot...until they move off. You can stay there, as they usually return - eventually.
Or you can head for the next hump, submerged point or other structure, as long as it is in the right depth. All this apples to white perch, too, and where you catch the one you are likely to get the other.
Again, I am no expert. But this is what the experts put in writing. There was a great article in South Carolina a few months back. Its was called presidential perch, if memory serves.
Comment by dick tabbert on May 15, 2013 at 5:50pm

Nice coontail pictures Jeffrey and the eating don't get any better than that. I stocked 280 coontail in my pond this spring. Seems like every cast I catch one. I put 50 in last spring.

 

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