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 very popular baits for crappie, however, they work well for perch also. They look good on a jighead and a drop shot rig. Fish them with a jigging motion or swim them slowly and you can do well with perch.
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.