Perch Fishing Tips

Useful Perch Fishing Tips

The following perch fishing tips may not exactly guarantee success every time you go after the little critters, but if followed, will usually make the result of a fishing expedition somewhere between worthwhile and a smashing success.

The main perch fishing secrets aren't really secrets at all, as once you take up perch fishing you'll soon discover certain traits and characteristics of the fish that can be taken advantage of.

First of all, perch are almost everywhere there is fresh water, in smaller lakes where they have been stocked, and in large lakes, like the Great Lakes, where they have existed for time immemorial, and of course in most rivers and streams. In other words, you usually don't have to travel far to find water containing perch.  Perch can be found in every one of the fifty states. Second, perch tend to move about in schools. You may occasionally see one or two of them at a given time but this tends to be the exception rather than the rule. Third, perch are fairly aggressive eaters. Once you can get a piece of bait or a lure in front of one you're almost certain to get a bite. Finally, perch are curious creatures. Catch one, and others are apt to follow it to the surface, presumably to see what's going on.

Note A Favorite Spot Or Location - Of these, curiosity and the tendency to move about in schools are perhaps the most important things to know, and are what many perch fishing tips are based upon. Unless you have fish detecting gear, or know where perch are most likely to be found, it may take some trial and error to locate a school of them. Schools of perch will move around but seldom travel great distances, and if you've had luck in a certain part of the lake, or a certain distance from the shoreline, you're most likely to have luck in that same area again.

Find The Right Depth - The time of the year doesn't always matter much, if at all. In the summer the schools may be located in a little deeper water, where the temperature is more to their liking. As far as depth is concerned, one of the better perch fishing tips is to remember the approximate depth your lure or bait was when getting a bite, and keep fishing at that depth until the fish stop biting. Being at the right depth, combined with the perch's sense of curiosity can allow you to catch a number of the little guys without moving around, as they will often tend to stay where the action is. The perch's curiosity also makes if somewhat vulnerable to flashy lures, such as brightly colored hooks or a little bright material in proximity to the small piece of bait.

Boat Not Always Required - One of the nicer things about perch fishing is you don't absolutely have to have a boat. Perch often tend to congregate around piers, docks, or breakwaters, and can more often than not be fished for from shore, especially those inhabiting streams. There's usually no need to worry about boat ramps or wrestling with a 40 HP motor, or trying to decide among expensive pieces of tackle. Maybe the best of the tips on perch fishing is that it allows you to retreat back to your childhood, plus the fact that although the perch doesn't get a lot of attention in the area of trophy fish or hard fighting fish, it tastes as good as most any freshwater fish you'll encounter.

Try Fly Fishing - If you do have a little more than the average amount of sporting blood in your veins and want to make perch fishing a little more of a thrill, try going after them using flies and ultra light tackle. Unless you're an accomplished fly fisherman you may not catch quite as many, but each catch will bring with it a bit of a thrill.

Perch fishing tips? You really don't need a whole lot of them to have a fun fishing experience.