Yellow Perch Fishing Tips


yellow perchYellow Perch are one of the best-tasting freshwater fish.  Some anglers absolutely love catching perch, while others may get annoyed by them because they will steal  your bait when anglers are fishing for walleye or bass with live bait.  Most perch are between 6 and 9 inches long, but many lakes produce good populations of jumbo perch in the 10 to 12 inch range with some even bigger.  Perch fishing is typically best in clear, cool lakes and in reservoirs that contain rock, gravel or sand bottoms.  The shallower, weedy lakes can also hold large populations of perch, but the lack of deep water will often result in lots of smaller fish.

Yellow Perch Fishing Basics (Quick Links)

Here are some quick links to the basics you should know about yellow perch.  For more detailed information, take a look below.

  • Habitat
  • Fishing Rigs
  • Live Baits
  • Lures
  • Rod & Reel Recommendations
  • Fishing Line Recommendations

line-3Fishing Lures for Perch

Jigs & Soft Plastics

  • Ice Fishing Jigs
  • Jigging Minnows
  • Small Grubs
  • Small Jigs
  • Small Tubes


  • Small Crankbaits


  • Small Spinners
  • Spinner Rigs


  • Jigging Spoons

line-3Fishing Rigs for Yellow Perch

  • Bobber or Float
  • Carolina Rig
  • Drop Shot Rig
  • Jighead
  • Scrounger Jighead
  • Slip Bobber Rig

  • Spinner Rig
  • Split Shot Rig
  • Multi-Lure Rigs
    • Double Hook Drop Shot Rig
    • Drop Jig Rig

line-3Live Baits for Perch

  • Leeches
  • Minnows
  • Shrimp
  • Softshell Crayfish
  • Worms


more categories

Time of Year (Seasonal Movements)

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter


  • Cold Fronts
  • Warm Fronts
  • Stable Weather
  • Clouds
  • Rain
  • Sun
  • Wind

Cover & Structure

  • Dams & Spillways
  • Docks
  • Drop-Offs
  • Flats
  • Man-Made Features (Docks, Boat Houses, etc.)
  • Points
  • Rocks & Boulders
  • Weeds
  • Wood

Time of Day

  • Morning
  • Afternoon
  • Evening
  • Night Time

Different Depths of Water

  • Shallow Water
  • Deep Water
  • Suspended
  • Bottom Fishing

Spawning Time

  • Pre-Spawn
  • Spawn
  • Post-Spawn

Types of Water

  • Clear Water
  • Murky Water
  • Lakes
  • Reservoirs
  • Rivers

More Resources

  • Fly Fishing
  • Kayak Fishing


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