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Thread: Anybody like the lowly perch?

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    Anybody like the lowly perch?

    Here in Eastern Montana the Walleye is King. But, as usual, I don't follow the crowd. I prefer fishing for perch. There's a little reservoir an hour from home where I can catch all I care to fillet in a day. While I watch all the others trying for one or two walleyes a day I haul in 60 to 80 nice perch and go home with plenty. We put 300 or so in the freezer each summer to last us over the winter and still have plenty to give away. The pond has so many that MFW&P traps them to transfer to other locations so I'm helping keep them from overpopulating. Many are nice 10 to 11 1/2 inchers. Anything small and dark-colored works. Worms with a Crappie Nibble on the hooks tip work well, also. But my favorite is a small Berkley Atomic Tube, usually a dark green. My favorite tackle is an Ultra-Light Ugly Stick with a Pflueger Ultra-Light and 4# line. It'll even handle the occasional Northern Pike if it isn't too big. Twitch just over the weed tops and it's "fish on". BTW, smaller fish have less contaminants so are healthier to eat. And the perch is one tasty fish.

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    Love perch.

    We used to have a local lake that would give up piles of perch in the pound range. Big uns! I fondly remember filling a wire basket so full we could not get the lid to go inside to add any more fish! After a memorable summer out there we had a LOT of perch fillets in the freezer. Bit of crumbs fried in butter, oh man!

    Sadly the lake froze out that winter and it has never been the same.

    Perch were the fish of choice for both my kids growing up. We sould always take time out from Pike fishing to get into our favorite prech spots. Shallow super clear water where the kids could watch the perch rush in and gather around their micro jig, waiting for one to grab it and they always did! I would bring a 5 gallon bucket in the boat and fill it half full of water so the kids could put a few perch in there to watch. The dog loved that too! We always let those ones go as they only weighed a few ounces! Funny thing is though, when the kids talk about great fishing from those days, they don't talk 25 pound pike, they remember the perch in the pail!

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    We have some very tasty perch down here as well... love catching them and cooking them up....ours get a little bigger depending on which species you are after... "white perch" can get up to a couple of pounds.
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    I belong and am very active in our local Walleyes Unlimited chapter, and love walleye like crazy, but honestly i could care less what i catch! My honest favorite is a good sized northern, for both the fight and they taste about like lobster to me! But i also love catching perch, our chapter has done alot of habitat improvement in Tiber lake where we usually fish, so the perch numbers are doing great now, and as a result so are the walleyes. There is just as much fun for me catching a big ol' 12" perch as a walleye, i am just happy to catch fish!
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    In the 60's we used to take hundreds of yellow perch from Lake Erie and Saginaw bay.
    I learned to filet, fast, when it became my chore to clean fish.

    For Lent, every VFW hall, and there were some big ones, had all you can eat perch. At least once a season dad got muskrat.

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    I have always loved perch....grew up in central Canada....my Dad introduced me to perch fishing.....my grandmother would clean them, and I always enjoyed them.

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    LOWLY!! Surely you jest sir! Perch is kings feasting down here, if you get four or five its cause for celebration and feasting! Loooooooove perch, but theyre a bugger to catch here because youre in catfish country, and big cats are the top of the food chain.
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    I love the perch. Used to catch a lot of them when they went on the bed. if we did not feel like cleaning them, we turned them back loose in our ponds. The largemouth bass really like them.

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    Love to catch perch. Taste great pan fried as well. I will pass up Bass if I can find a perch or bluegill pond to fish in.

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    My fishing partner and I got in on a private pond last week. We caught about 45 perch and 6 were nice ones, 10"-13". The rest would fit in the palm of your hand. The river overflowed a few years back and he got perch into the pond and desperatly needs a management plan.
    I did make something to convince my wife that I am still the eater of the grossest things known to man. After frying up some fillets, I mixed all the eggs after seperating them from their sac's into an equal portion of a stiff pancake batter. I fried them up for a perch egg biscut. Not bad with a mild flavor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce drake View Post
    Love to catch perch. Taste great pan fried as well. I will pass up Bass if I can find a perch or bluegill pond to fish in.

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    Even love the little ones. My wife used to grind them up and mix in peppers and spices to make some great fish patties. I would even take them in my lunch as they were great even cold that way. Bluegills, redears and sun perch are just plain tasty.

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    429421 Cowboy...I've got family in Great Falls and Havre and have wondered what the fishin' is like in Tiber. I live in Miles City but if I get the chance to visit up there it might be worth dragging the fishin' boat along, huh? What kind of habitat is there? Weedy? I was surprised to see so many perch lovers here. Great!

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    Perch is one of my favorite fish. When I was a kid we had access to a private lake that was full of jumbo perch. We ate a bunch of messes of them just cleaning them and dipping in Drakes mix. Dad decided one day to fillet some of the biggest ones. Guess what... They were full of grubs just under the skin. It's kind of gross, I guess, but they were still some of the best tasting fish I've ever had.

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    I shoot the national matches at Camp Perry, and eat at the Jolly Roger. Their Perch Boat is the best meal on the menu. I don't know which I look forward to more- the Perch Boat or the national matches.

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    I haven't had perch in ages, but remember them as my favorite fish out of Indiana lakes, versus Bass, Muskie and Bluegill. Ate a lot more Bluegill than perch, but that's what was caught.

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    Grew up on Lake Erie, have caught my share of walleye and perch, and I prefer perch both to catch and eat, every time......
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    I would rather eat perch than any type of fish. Even like to fry the tails and eat 'em like chips.

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    Fish for perch alot I live just miles from the Lake Erie.

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    i have a great spot near here for yellow perch they get about 7-" at their biggest but we get plenty of 4-5" ones.
    we have the white ones in the reservoir a few blocks from the house and they too get a whopping 4-5"s.
    we mostly just torment them and watch them attack jigs and lures with no hooks on them just so we can "release" them without taking them out of the lake.
    it's all an educated guess,,,, till the trigger is pulled.

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