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YELLOW PERCH (Perca flavescens)
ALIAS: Lake perch, ringed perch, American perch, raccoon perch, ring-tailed perch
IDENTIFICATION: A golden-yellow fish with 6 to 8 vertical bands and a spiny dorsal fin with 12 to 14 spines.
DIET: Insects and insect larvae, snails, small fish and commercial fish food.
SPAWNING: Mid-March to early-May when water temperatures are 50-60̊F. They lay long egg strands onto submerged structure; no parental care is provided
FISHING TIPS: Perch are most often caught in the spring and fall using fathead minnows, golden shiners and nightcrawlers fished near the bottom.
150 fish per acre stocking rate is recommended.