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YELLOW PERCH


Typical length: 15-30 centimetres (6-12 inches)
Typical weight: 0.34 kilograms (0.75 pounds)
Ontario record: 1.1 kilograms (2.4 pounds)Key

Identifying Characteristics:

  • Light yellow background with 6 to 8 dark, vertical bands on sides
  • Two separate dorsal fins  
  • Mouth large, extending to below the middle of the eye

Distribution/Habitat:

  • Yellow perch are commonly found in the Great Lakes drainage and have been introduced to waters beyond their original range. They tolerate a variety of temperatures and habitats and are widely distributed throughout the province.
  • Perch are most numerous where there are areas of open water and moderate amounts of vegetation. They often share habitat with species such as walleye and bass.

Angling Tips:

  • After ice-out in late April and May, perch are plentiful near shore, where they spawn. Fishing weedlines and large, flat sandy or silty areas with scattered vegetation near deeper water pays off through the summer. Perch are comfortable in bright light and do not see well in dim light. Schools of perch begin feeding in mid-morning and they may continue to feed off and on throughout the day. Schools break up during the evening.
  • Perch are usually found near the bottom. Light slip-sinker rigs or split-shot and a hook with a worm or small minnow are all you need to catch them.

Common Baits:

* - Scientific information sourced from Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources

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