Best Lures

Blade baits will work for perch, however, these aren’t the most popular lures for targeting perch.  Casting these baits may bring in a few perch, however, vertical jigging over huge schools of them is the better way to go.  Some anglers will use blade baits tipped with live bait when vertical jigging.  The erratic action of the blade bait will bring perch in for a closer look, but it might take a piece of worm or minnow to get them to strike the bait.

The smaller jigging spoons can be very effective for perch.  It’s one of the better deep water lures you can use for perch.  You can put some live baits or pieces of cut bait onto the treble hooks to help draw more strikes as well.

Small Jigs

Small jigs can work very well for yellow perch.  Some of them will have soft plastics on them, some will have hair.  Both types of jigs work.  You can even tip these jigs with live bait and at times, it will pay off big time when the bite is finicky.


Yellow perch love spinners and these in-line spinners work great for them.  When the bite is aggressive, they will hit these spinners.  When the bite is finicky, you may have to tip the treble hooks with a little live bait to entice more strikes.

Spinners are great perch baits and these beetle spinners can be very good as well.  Most of them come with some type of plastic bait on the back, but you can take that off and add your favorite live bait to this rig.  When the bite is going good, you may not need any live bait, but when the bite is finicky, it can pay off big time to replace the plastic with some live baits.

Underspins can be great for yellow perch.  These fish love spinners and there are smaller underspins made specifically for panfish.  Fish these with hair, soft plastics or add your favorite live bait to entice more strikes.  They all will work.  When the bite is finicky, you may need live bait as a trailer.

Soft Plastics

Small curly tail grubs in the 1″ to 2″ range will work for perch.  They won’t always be the best lure to use, but when the bite is aggressive, a simple jighead and tiny grub can get you plenty of bites.

Paddle tails or spear tails are popular crappie baits, however, they can work well for perch too.  They look good on a jighead and a drop shot rig.  Fish them with a jigging motion or swim them slowly and you will get some bites.  When the bite is slow, tip them with live bait.

The shad or stinger tails are a popular minnow style bait that will catch plenty of perch. This bait imitates a small minnow.  Jig it on a jighead or a drop shot rig and you will catch some fish.

Split tails are have good action and will work for perch.  Work these with a jigging motion on a jighead or drop shot rig and you’ll put some fish in the boat.  When the bite is slow, tip them with live bait.

These smaller swimbaits can be effective for perch when the perch are more aggressive.  Fish them slow with a steady retrieve and be ready for the bite.

There are many different types of swimming tails that are added to a variety of soft plastic baits.  Some of these minnow-style baits with the swimming tail can be very effective when perch are in a more aggressive mood.

Tubes are one of the better soft plastic baits for targeting perch with artificials.  These are great jigging baits and you can swim them slowly also.  Tip them with live bait when the bite is slow.