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Yellow Perch

Yellow Perch are perhaps the most frequently caught sport fish in Michigan.  There is no closed season or size limit, and they are very tasty.  Perch are school-running fish, and you should drift or troll and try various places and depths of water until you begin to catch them.



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Spring and fall, perch favor shallow water (4 to 8 feet deep) and will bite all day long.  During the rest of the year they are found in deeper water and bite best in morning and evening.  They do not normally feed at night.

Preferred tackle includes a sinker placed on the bottom end of the line and two hooks just above, spaced about 18 inches apart.  Two-to-10-pound test monofilament is standard, and hooks should be No. 6 to No. 8.  Minnows 1 to 3 inches long and very small crayfish (or pieces of crayfish tail) are preferred bait, but worms, night crawlers, grasshoppers, crickets and wigglers are also good at times.

Perch do not normally take flies or artificial lures, although small spinners are sometimes attached ahead of natural bait to attract these fish.  If you don't take any fish in 10 to 15 minutes, move.  If catching only small perch, move or fish deeper.  Perch can be very delicate biters, so watch closely, set the hook firmly, and keep a steady pressure on the line as you pull them in.  Worthwhile keepers average 7 to 10 inches in length.

This information is lifted from Michigan fish and how to catch them,
a small brochure available from the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources

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