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Author Topic: White perch in winter  (Read 1858 times)

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White perch in winter
« on: Dec 18, 2011, 07:13 AM »
Are white perch on the move in winter? Are they traveling together in big schools? I never seem to find them on the jig rod, randomly I will catch a big one on a trap with a shiner. Any thoughts?

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Re: White perch in winter
« Reply #1 on: Dec 18, 2011, 07:17 AM »
just need to be in the wright spot. good luck. yes they do run together.
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Re: White perch in winter
« Reply #2 on: Dec 18, 2011, 09:09 AM »
Yes they are in schools in winter, But I have no idea how to locate them other then running and gunning until you find them .  I dont go out looking for them ,But if I get one on a tip up I rebait and go get my jig pole . Nine times out of ten the flag is up again before I get back . Then I jig that hole and can normally get like 5-8 perch out of it then there gone .  Reset the tipup and have the pole ready if they come back .  Most of the time I get 3-4 runs like that in ahole and thats all I need to fillet .

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Re: White perch in winter
« Reply #3 on: Dec 18, 2011, 09:14 AM »

caught these in a couple hours in the middle of a blizzard last year. Took longer to find the truck than to get the fish, I can laugh about it now. @)

this is on the middle of sabbattus, you can get them there all winter without trying.
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Re: White perch in winter
« Reply #4 on: Dec 18, 2011, 09:49 AM »
You been on my spot again
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Re: White perch in winter
« Reply #5 on: Dec 18, 2011, 09:54 AM »
You been on my spot again
thats all right, your at mine all the time. ::)
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Re: White perch in winter
« Reply #6 on: Dec 18, 2011, 10:09 AM »
Seams to me that 70 people or more have the same spot...I dont call any spot my spot becouse i know better.. ;)

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Re: White perch in winter
« Reply #7 on: Dec 18, 2011, 10:29 AM »
caught these in a couple hours in the middle of a blizzard last year. Took longer to find the truck than to get the fish, I can laugh about it now. @)

Nice haul!!

Hope to target them more this winter.

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Re: White perch in winter
« Reply #8 on: Dec 18, 2011, 11:27 AM »
Nice haul!!

Hope to target them more this winter.

They sure are tastey little buggers!

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Re: White perch in winter
« Reply #9 on: Dec 18, 2011, 11:30 AM »
I have been able to get a few in the same fasion as gasblaster. Never been able to really find a school and stay on them for any length of time.

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Re: White perch in winter
« Reply #10 on: Dec 18, 2011, 12:10 PM »
Seams to me that 70 people or more have the same spot...I dont call any spot my spot becouse i know better.. ;)
there isn't even 70 people that know about it, and half that do heard about it from me. Live and learn. Hey you want some help  to catch a salmon this year? @)
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Re: White perch in winter
« Reply #11 on: Dec 18, 2011, 01:28 PM »
I find white perch like to stay most of the day in deep water in the small lakes 30 to 55 ft of water at sun set they move in to shoals to feed or close to shore,Once you find them in a lake they will be there most of the time. Once in a while they feed in the thermocline. This varies with each lake. This is where a flasher pays for inself. Had a few days last when i came home with over 50 ty fish The sooner you fillet them the easier they are to handle.

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Re: White perch in winter
« Reply #12 on: Dec 18, 2011, 01:40 PM »
why do you need to fillet them quickly. we catch a lot in Erie fishing for yellows and throw them back. what do they taste like. thank you

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Re: White perch in winter
« Reply #13 on: Dec 18, 2011, 01:45 PM »
20-40 feet of water on shiners..  lots of em in little sebago

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Re: White perch in winter
« Reply #14 on: Dec 18, 2011, 01:55 PM »
Got these a few years back on Minnnihonk. I have found perch in 25' to 30' range on most lake north and south. These where in March.

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Re: White perch in winter
« Reply #15 on: Dec 18, 2011, 02:05 PM »
I usually find them 20ft deep or deeper, right off of an underwater point.
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Re: White perch in winter
« Reply #16 on: Dec 19, 2011, 07:18 AM »
White perch have a nice sweet meat. and have more flesh then yellows. I make a boneless fillet and makes a tremendous fry when you use  an egg dip and coat them in Italian bread crumbs fry in a hot fry pan quickly in butter or olive oil. They also make a good casserole with bread crumbs and milk.When you fillet them within a couple of hours after catching the meat stays together better.

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Re: White perch in winter
« Reply #17 on: Dec 19, 2011, 07:31 AM »
Also taste better if you remove the dark fatty meat.
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Re: White perch in winter
« Reply #18 on: Dec 19, 2011, 08:31 AM »
White perch are my favorite fresh water fish to eat. I catch them all year long, but during the ice fishing season, they are even better because the meat is a little firmer than other times of the year.
Some lakes you can get into them in the same spot day after day while other lakes, they keep on the move. I think those lakes just have less forage which keeps them on the move or their numbers are low which also keeps them on the move. Either way, their fun to catch and eat especially if you find a honey hole where they stay all day long. Don't give up. It's worth to check out new places.

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Re: White perch in winter
« Reply #19 on: Dec 19, 2011, 08:34 AM »
go to china lake. set 4 traps and jig you will catch them all day everyday
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