fishing is something that all people enjoy. What a great fish to eat
for breakfast! This little guy as the largest mouth span of any fish
Perch is a common name for fish of the genus Perca,
freshwater gamefish belonging to the family Percidae.
The perch, of which there are three species in different geographical
areas, lend their name to a large order of vertebrates:
the Perciformes, from the Greek perke meaning spotted, and the Latin forma meaning shape.
Many species of freshwater gamefish more or less resemble perch, but
belong to different genera. In fact, the exclusively saltwater dwelling
red drum is often referred to as a red perch, though by definition
perch are freshwater fish. Though many fish are referred to as perch as
a common name, to be considered a true perch, the fish must be of the
Light yellow background with 6 to 8 dark, vertical bands on sides
Two separate dorsal fins
Mouth large, extending to below the middle of the eye
perch are commonly found in the Great Lakes drainage and have been
introduced to waters beyond their original range. They tolerate a
variety of temperatures and habitats and are widely distributed
throughout the province.
are most numerous where there are areas of open water and moderate
amounts of vegetation. They often share habitat with species such as
walleye and bass.
ice-out in late April and early May, perch are plentiful near shore,
where they spawn. Fishing weedlines and large, flat sandy or silty
areas with scattered vegetation near deeper water pays off through the
summer. Perch are comfortable in bright light and do not see well in
dim light. Schools of perch begin feeding in mid-morning and they may
continue to feed off and on throughout the day. Schools break up during
are usually found near the bottom. Light slip-sinker rigs or split-shot
and a hook with a worm or small minnow are all you need to catch them.
All information is pulled from the MNR - http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca
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