Yellow perch are an abundant fish in Lake Erie. They aren’t a very big fish, but they’re fun to catch and they make a very good fish for cooking. If you’re one of the hundreds of fisherman (or women) planning a Lake Erie perch fishing trip, here are some tips that are used by tourists and locals alike to catch the yellow perch.
Fishing from Shore
If you are happy with smaller fish, then fishing from the shore is a perfect option for you. First of all, don’t grab a chair and attempt to sit all day fishing from one spot (unless you’re there to read a book rather than catch fish). To catch perch you’ll need to be read to move if you don’t get a bite in one spot after 20 minutes or so. Fish near cover or vegetation, preferably weed lines. This will help you to get those fish that are coming in from deeper water hungry and looking for an easy snack. You have to find the fish!
Fishing from a Boat
Yellow perch are deep water lovers, so be sure that you’re fishing over significant depth when you hit the open water. Sonar is a great tool if you’re fishing in such deep water for schooling fish. Learning to properly use a sonar is a must for perch fishing form a boat. If you can purchase, borrow or rent a sonar and learn to use it well you’ll have great results.
Feeding and Lures
Yellow Perch tend to feed throughout the day. Many other fish species feed at special times throughout the day, but with Yellow Perch on Lake Erie it can be throughout the day. Perch are pretty easy to fool with the lures as well. Try out some small jigging spoons or other small and shiny lure. As mentioned earlier, its about finding the Perch and once you find the fish you’ll usually catch quite a few. I’ve sat over schools of Perch and pulled up dozens before. Be prepared with this advice and your Lake Erie perch fishing trip is going to be a success.