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Author Topic: How deep is to deep for perch?  (Read 5443 times)

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How deep is to deep for perch?
« on: Nov 15, 2010, 09:26 PM »
Was wondering how deep some of you guys go? I usually fish betwwen 3 and 70 ft. for perch. On this one particular lake but the lake goes to 200 and I've read that perch like deeep basins. I've tried deeper and catch wimpy walleye around 3-6 inches but not many perch. I'm willing to to try it all.
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Re: How deep is to deep for perch?
« Reply #1 on: Nov 15, 2010, 09:58 PM »
I would look at the structure on the lake before fishing really deep.

I usually start on the deep weed edge for perch, and then as winter progresses,  I fish the first steep break into the main basin of the lake.
Hopefully,  the main lake basin is muck, which the perch like to feed in for blood worms and mayfly larvae.

I usually end up fishing this deep break, but I have never gone deeper than 40 feet for perch.

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Re: How deep is to deep for perch?
« Reply #2 on: Nov 16, 2010, 03:32 AM »
I usally fish at the 10 to 30 foot  level.    70 feet takes a lot of sin ker

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Re: How deep is to deep for perch?
« Reply #3 on: Nov 16, 2010, 04:55 AM »
I have fished 50-60 feet alot for them, both in NewYork and Wyoming..   I beleive they like to go deep to get away from the big preditors that like to stay shallow
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Re: How deep is to deep for perch?
« Reply #4 on: Nov 16, 2010, 06:54 AM »
In MA & NH I fish from 4 to 15ft most of the time, with most of my perch 8-10ft.
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Re: How deep is to deep for perch?
« Reply #5 on: Nov 16, 2010, 07:00 AM »
will usually fish them from about 15-45.  our best spot, they are suspended at 30-35 ft over 90 ft.

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Re: How deep is to deep for perch?
« Reply #6 on: Nov 16, 2010, 07:07 AM »
I have not gone any deeper then 40ft for perch, that does not mean they are not down there, just something I dont do

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Re: How deep is to deep for perch?
« Reply #7 on: Nov 16, 2010, 07:41 AM »
Last year I found a bunch in 47 fow on Simcoe. Nice size & a hit as fast as you got your line back down. ;D
Have caught the odd perch in over 80' but they are few and far between & all have been small.

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Re: How deep is to deep for perch?
« Reply #8 on: Nov 16, 2010, 07:43 AM »
I usually fish between the 10-30 feet zone, bottom out or suspended.

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Re: How deep is to deep for perch?
« Reply #9 on: Nov 16, 2010, 08:01 AM »
Usually either 2-6 FOW or 35-45 FOW. It all depends on the time of year, the lake and how the bite is. :tipup:

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Re: How deep is to deep for perch?
« Reply #10 on: Nov 16, 2010, 11:05 AM »
I usually fish 28ft. but have been to 40ft. with success.
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Re: How deep is to deep for perch?
« Reply #11 on: Nov 16, 2010, 11:21 AM »
Jigger,

the deepest I've fished them has been in Canyon Ferry at 62 feet in the old river bed, lots in the 30-45ft range...If I'm really huntin Perch I use my camera and I fish where they be....suspsended or on the bottom...

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Re: How deep is to deep for perch?
« Reply #12 on: Nov 16, 2010, 11:32 AM »
I fish oneida lake Central NY are and I go no deeper than 40 -50 ft. But the lakes I fish are only that deep. I would start from the weeds and retreat when u don't get perch to the next flat 20ft 30ft and eventually 40-50,....I have never caught yellow perch deeper than 55ft,...Let me know how the perch bite is at 70 ft.  Good Icen'

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Re: How deep is to deep for perch?
« Reply #13 on: Nov 16, 2010, 11:49 AM »
This may sound strange but I have never found perch suspended always on the bottom... Not that I am able to fish a lot but it is usually in 30 to 40 fow, but on the bottom. I also fish on the west side, never on the east side... Someday maybe.

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Re: How deep is to deep for perch?
« Reply #14 on: Nov 16, 2010, 12:17 PM »
perch usually hold close to the bottom as most of their forage is down there, when in really deep lakes i would look for structure on the bottom and start there. weed edges and rock piles tend to be best. i have the best success in my lake at about 20 fow in and along weed beds

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Re: How deep is to deep for perch?
« Reply #15 on: Nov 16, 2010, 12:38 PM »
90% of the perch I fish for are close to the bottom.  The other 10% or so are like swimming from one island to another island sort of to say.  They are pretty much an open water type of fish, bigger and braver than most of the schooling fish.  They also tend to be very nice looking and no parasite black spots on them.  I will often mistake the marked fish as a crappie, cisco, or pike, but then it's a perch.  I don't understand this behavior, but I will fish for them when I see that pattern of them suspending.

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Re: How deep is to deep for perch?
« Reply #16 on: Nov 16, 2010, 01:15 PM »
This may sound strange but I have never found perch suspended always on the bottom...

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Re: How deep is to deep for perch?
« Reply #17 on: Nov 16, 2010, 01:25 PM »
Funny thing is that I've caught perch just under the ice fishing over 60 FOW up in Kallispell, the water column will get loaded from the top to bootom with perch eating what the other perch puked up or just chasing there buddies. I'm assuming that they'tr eating whatever comes out of there buddies guts though. Some great perch fishing over in that area. As far as perch in 65 to 70 FOW I've had bucket days fishing that deep. I was just wondering about deeper because there is a guide in North Dakota claiming he catches pigs in deeper basins of 80 FOW and deeper. Personally like I mentioned, never had luck that deep and thought maybe I was missing something?
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Re: How deep is to deep for perch?
« Reply #18 on: Nov 16, 2010, 05:41 PM »
I have fished perch at over 70 feet down but the problem you run into there is that they need to almost hammer your jig to know that they are there and when you bring them up you have to keep almost everything you catch cause their air sacks pop on the way up unless you bring them up very slowly.

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Re: How deep is to deep for perch?
« Reply #19 on: Nov 16, 2010, 06:52 PM »
i have to be honest i'm blown away by what i'm reading.i fish lake george in new york mostly when fishing perch.the lake is 200' deep in spots and is loaded with perch.i'v never heard of any one catching a perch in more than like 50-55fow, i never fish deeper than 35-40fow i didn't think perch liked it much deeper than that.i can't believe you guys are catching perch at 70fow,that just amazes me

 

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