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Yellow Perch

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Yellow perch, sometimes known as Lake or American perch, are another
hugely popular fish found throughout Maine’s waters. Like several other
members of the perch family, yellow perch are native to Maine, though
they have been introduced artificially into a limited number of
waterways, mainly for the purposes of fishing. Though yellow perch are
not particularly sought-after fish as far as seasoned anglers are
concerned, they do offer a superb fishing opportunity for young or i...


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Yellow perch, sometimes known as Lake or American perch, are another
hugely popular fish found throughout Maine’s waters. Like several other
members of the perch family, yellow perch are native to Maine, though
they have been introduced artificially into a limited number of
waterways, mainly for the purposes of fishing. Though yellow perch are
not particularly sought-after fish as far as seasoned anglers are
concerned, they do offer a superb fishing opportunity for young or
inexperienced anglers, and as such remain one of Maine’s most popular
game fishes.

Typically, yellow perch are around 6-12 inches in length with a weight
anywhere between ¼ and 1 pound. However, Maine is renowned for superb
yellow perch, with larger fish reaching 15 inches in length and a weight
nearer to 1.5 pounds. The advantage of this is that even beginner anglers
are handed a challenge, particularly if they land one of the larger fish.

Yellow perch are great looking fish with a number of distinguishing
features. The top side varies in colour from rich green to olive whilst
the sides range from a yellow-green colour to golden yellow. The belly is
typically white, while the fins are bright orange in colour. Yellow perch
also have 6-8 dark bands that run vertically from top to bottom, making
them easily distinguishable from other species. Typically, yellow perch
are found in warm, weedy waters, though adults are more prone to heading
for deeper and more sheltered spots.

The fall and winter months are arguably the best time to land yellow
perch, but like white perch, are a good all year round catch. Earthworms,
minnows, shrimp and artificial lures can all be used to great effect, and
will almost guarantee you a yellow perch in some of the more abundantly
populated rivers and lakes. If fishing in deeper waters, adding a small
weight to the line and letting the bait sink to one-two foot from the
bottom will yield best results. Also ensure that the line is fairly
tense, as yellow perch in particular have a habit of taking the bait
without alerting the angler.

Yellow perch can be found in countless rivers, lakes, ponds and streams
across Maine, making them one of the most accessible fish in the state.
Particularly popular spots include Great Pond, Yellow Pond and Cochrane
Lake. Their ease of catch, fantastic looks and abundance has ensured that
yellow perch continue to be a firm favourite and one of Maine’s most
commonly fished species.

				
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