When you think of a notable freshwater fish, one that comes to mind most often is the yellow perch. The coloration of a yellow perch is unlike any other freshwater species. Anglers across the United States enjoy perch fishing. Although they are not native to all states, they have been widely introduced so east coast, and west coast anglers can relate and share perch fishing stories. What is a yellow perch fish?

How To Identify A Yellow Perch Fish

Yellow Perch have unique coloration. The sides are banded with between six and eight black stripes, which start at the dorsal fin and extend down toward the perches belly. What is most astonishing about a yellow perch is the color of the body. The color of the body can range between yellow and gold depending on the waters it lives. Two dorsal fins extend out of the top of the fish.

The walleye fish is a family member of the perch, but walleye grow larger. Most perch measure between six and twelve inches and can weigh upwards of a pound. These fish are small but worth it for the battle and the table fare. 

What Is The Range Of A Yellow Perch

The entire northeast holds native populations of yellow perch. The range extends out to the Midwest and up into Canada. Nearly every large or small lake in these areas will have a healthy number of yellow perch, such as the great lakes.  

Beyond the native range, the yellow perch has been introduced to lakes across the United States. The perch is more proliferate in northern areas because they thrive in cooler water temperatures. However, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina all have lakes and rivers with yellow perch. 

Keep in mind that the north and eastern sides of South Carolina and North Carolina in its entirety has natural populations of yellow perch. The perch is not native to Georgia; however, they have been stocked in 

What Do Yellow Perch Eat

Yellow Perch consume a wide variety of foods. These fish dine on snails, crawfish, minnows, insects, and snails. Even though they do not grow very long, yellow perch will grow thick because of the abundance of nourishment available. 

In What Type Of Habitat Do Yellow Perch Live

Most importantly, yellow perch prefer clear, cool water. Anglers can catch perch in lakes and rivers, and creeks with minimal current. In the springtime, look for yellow perch near the shore around patches of weeds. 

What is interesting about the yellow perch is that they can survive in brackish water. Brackish water contains levels of salt but not the full extent of the ocean. 

How Do You Catch Yellow Perch. 

When it comes to catching yellow perch, they can be caught in a variety of ways. Because of its small size, it is a perfect fish to catch for beginning anglers. Ultralight rods and reels will do the trick.

For the most part, perch tend to gather in school and feed near the bottom. Remember they are not very big, so use small lures and baits: cast or troll spoons, jigs with a soft plastic grub imitation, or spinners.

Live bait is the best bet. Tip a jig or a hook and weight heavy enough to reach the bottom with a waxworm, crawfish, nightcrawler, small minnow, or cricket. Once hooked up to one fish stay in the same area, there is likely to be more. 

Are Yellow Perch Good To Eat

Yes, yellow perch are great to eat. The flesh of a yellow perch is white, firm, sweet in taste, and flakes easily when cooked. 

Cooking perch is simple by following any yellow perch recipes. The fillets can be pan-fried, broiled, sauteed, or as a classic fish and chips. Have a little tartar sauce to dip the fish into on the side. 

Pack Up The Gear And Go Perch Fishing

Yes, most anglers in the southern states like Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina prefer to chase largemouth bass in lakes and trout in mountain streams. As a result, the yellow perch is often overlooked. Here is a few of the most notable perch lakes in each state. Lake Phelps in North Carolina, Lake Jocassee in South Carolina, and Lake Hartwell, Georgia. Remember to obtain a state fishing license and check on size and limits before casting a line.