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Best time of day to catch perch?
« on: Dec 23, 2015, 04:56 PM »
Good afternoon fellow icemen!  Just curious what everyone's thoughts are on the best time of day to find perch?  I tend to have my best luck in late afternoon.  Happy Holidays and tight lines to all!

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Re: Best time of day to catch perch?
« Reply #1 on: Dec 23, 2015, 05:23 PM »
Good afternoon fellow icemen!  Just curious what everyone's thoughts are on the best time of day to find perch?  I tend to have my best luck in late afternoon.  Happy Holidays and tight lines to all!

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Re: Best time of day to catch perch?
« Reply #2 on: Dec 23, 2015, 05:33 PM »
I find the first 2 or 3 hours it gets light in the morning is best..
As soon as its light enough for them to see the start the morning feed... ;D
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Re: Best time of day to catch perch?
« Reply #3 on: Dec 23, 2015, 05:44 PM »
For me it happens from about a half hour before sunset into dark. I can be there all day and get a few flags, but right around then the flags all start popping up with perch.
   

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Re: Best time of day to catch perch?
« Reply #4 on: Dec 24, 2015, 08:59 AM »
I find out here first and last light are when they feed the heaviest.
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Re: Best time of day to catch perch?
« Reply #5 on: Jan 04, 2016, 12:00 PM »
early in morning and late afternoons are when I do the best

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Re: Best time of day to catch perch?
« Reply #6 on: Jan 08, 2016, 01:23 PM »
Usually late afternoon to just past sunset.

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Re: Best time of day to catch perch?
« Reply #7 on: Jan 12, 2016, 11:15 AM »
The bigger ones feed first about 1-2 hours after sunrise, then the small one overcrowd.  Around 3-5 there's another 1/2 hour the bigger ones will feed.

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Re: Best time of day to catch perch?
« Reply #8 on: Jan 12, 2016, 02:45 PM »
Very early, sometimes pre-dawn until the Suns entirely up or Mid/Late afternoon on my waters in general

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Re: Best time of day to catch perch?
« Reply #9 on: Jan 13, 2016, 10:25 AM »
The lake I fish around here the perch are so thick that they can be caught all day long. Most of my fishing days produce 150-250 perch per person per day(catch and release). The lakes where I go to target jumbos produce in the afternoon generally.
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Re: Best time of day to catch perch?
« Reply #10 on: Jan 27, 2016, 11:54 PM »
Late afternoon to dusk

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Re: Best time of day to catch perch?
« Reply #11 on: Jan 28, 2016, 12:53 PM »
i find the best time of day to catch perch is the time when you're set up on top of them.

seriously though, the reason you guys are seeing much more action in the early and late hours of the day is because perch are a very sight-oriented predator, so bright sun can kind of put them off the bite. if you want to plan an awesome perch trip, look at the forecast and find an overcast or snowy day. fog is good as well.

the lower light levels will keep the fish active throughout the day, and keep them feeding steadily.

now, in mid-winter like we are now, when there's a lot of ice and a lot of snow on top of the ice, there's not as much light penetration, so it's much darker than normal, and a sight-oriented fish like perch will react to that, usually in a more negative way. think like the difference between spending a whole day in a basement with no windows, and spending the day outside on a bluebird day, then putting on sunglasses.

basically, early and late season when there's better light penetration, key on the low light periods and weather for good perch fishing, mid winter, key on the bluebird days.

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Re: Best time of day to catch perch?
« Reply #12 on: Feb 01, 2016, 11:33 AM »
I've found they tend to move shallower and feed aggressively during low light, so long as the walleyes are not chasing them out.  They generally will roam the basin during the day, eating bug coming out of the mud.  If I were you I'd set up on a shallower flat or some structure for the morning bite, chase them out into the basin for the midday bite and move either back onto the same structure if you did well or pick another spot for the evening.  If the eaters are tight lipped and you're bored, play around with the dinks.  They are always aggressive.

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Re: Best time of day to catch perch?
« Reply #13 on: Feb 18, 2016, 12:54 PM »
For me it happens from about a half hour before sunset into dark. I can be there all day and get a few flags, but right around then the flags all start popping up with perch.

This matches my experience.

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Re: Best time of day to catch perch?
« Reply #14 on: Feb 22, 2016, 07:07 PM »
Half hour after sunrise and before sunset.  It's kind of like the last hour of light during hunting season.

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Re: Best time of day to catch perch?
« Reply #15 on: Feb 23, 2016, 06:30 PM »
If I'm fishing deep(20'to35')seems like they bite all day, under 18' morning seem the best.

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Re: Best time of day to catch perch?
« Reply #16 on: Nov 20, 2016, 11:48 PM »
Always on my lake when the sun gets bellow the tree line. I mark nothing and then all of sudden my flasher lights up
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Re: Best time of day to catch perch?
« Reply #17 on: Nov 23, 2016, 08:17 AM »
Early morning and late afternoon, between 11 and 330ish not much action.

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Re: Best time of day to catch perch?
« Reply #18 on: Jan 12, 2017, 12:17 AM »
Early morning and late evening on the lakes I fish as well.

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Re: Best time of day to catch perch?
« Reply #19 on: Feb 26, 2017, 09:04 AM »
On Lake Champlain early morning is always the most reliable, and the bite often slows at 9.  But there are many days where you catch all day...especially if you use tipups with fatheads. 

 



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