Scientific Name
Perca flavescens
Yellow Perch
Image Credit
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
15-30 centimetres (6-12 inches)
0.35 kilograms (0.75 pounds)
Similar Species

widely distributed throughout the province

  • light yellow body
  • 6 to 8 dark, vertical bands on sides
  • 2 separate dorsal fins
  • large mouth, extending to below the middle of the eye
  • tolerate a variety of temperatures and habitats
  • prefer areas of open water and moderate vegetation
  • share habitat with walleye and bass
Angling Tips
  • plentiful near shore after ice-out in late April and May
  • summer fishing is best at weed lines and large, flat sandy or silty areas with scattered vegetation near deeper water
  • comfortable in bright light – do not see well in dim light
  • feed in schools
  • begin in mid-morning, feed off and on throughout the day, and break up in the evening
  • usually found near the bottom
Common Bait
  • light slip-sinker rigs
  • split-shot and a hook with a worm or small minnow
  • small spinners, tube jigs or twister tails
  • small minnows, earthworms
  • flies, grasshoppers, other insects