Ontario Perch Fishing

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Ontario Perch Fishing

If you’re not aiming to get your name embedded in the thick pages of the Guinness’ Book Records and if you’re just looking for a relaxing day for fishing, then fishing for some yellow perch might just do you good.  Yellow perch, even the bigger ones, aren’t usually worthy of being a wall décor.  But that doesn’t matter.  They’ll look more impressive on your dinner table rather than on your wall anyway.  They are so finely flavored that they’re served even at high-end restaurants.  Indeed, it’s no secret that the yellow perch, fried to a crisp golden brown, will make an incredibly sumptuous meal. 

Yellow perch are small fishes.  They weigh an average of only about 5.3 oz, and they usually are just 4-10 inches long.  However, some of them can reach up to 20 inches in length and 4.2 lb in weight, which is the size of the largest ever yellow perch caught.  If they’re larger than the average perch, they are called ‘jumbo perch.’  These yellow perches are pale in coloring and have six to eight dark stripes on their sides.

 How to Find the Yellow Perch

The yellow perch is relatively easy to find.  They live mostly in the United States of America and in Canada.  If you live in Canada, you’ll have the best luck in fishing during the months of June to November.  But if you live in the United States, you’ll have more luck in the months of September through February.  Don’t fret though, since they’re abundant in all throughout the year anyway. 

They are most populous in lakes, especially in the Spirit Lake, Clear Lake, Lake Simcoe, East Lake Okoboji, West Lake Okoboji, and Silver Lake.  Some of them can also be found in the rivers, but at lesser concentrations. 

Also, the yellow perch are fish that move in schools, so once you catch one, you’re most likely to go on catching more and more of them.  They’re not very active at night since the schools disperse by then.  But during the morning and the afternoon, they’re relatively active.  There are even times in the day when they’re most active, and that’s when they’re foraging for food.  So, naturally, that would be the best opportunity for you to catch them.  The times vary though, so there’s no way to tell for sure when they’ll be active.

How to Catch the Yellow Perch

Catching the Yellow perch is easy that even kids can do it.  Use smaller bait for them and a thin line.  The ideal baits that you can use are minnows, earthworms, and small shrimps. Kids always have an excellent time fishing for perch. This applies to ice fishing as well. Hundreds of frozen Ontario lakes are a great way to introduce your family to the art of ice fishing and the perch is the fish to do it.


This article was written by the
contributing staff of OFT and its
group of amateur and pro Ontario anglers.

Copyright 2007. Ontario Fish Trips.
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