Author Topic: What size perch you keep  (Read 1992 times)


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Re: What size perch you keep
« Reply #20 on: Jan 12, 2017, 12:26 AM »
I'll keep them from 6" up on some lakes, but I don't fillet those guys I leave them on the bone.  ;D Other guys throw them all back but I go home with a couple good meals!
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Re: What size perch you keep
« Reply #21 on: Jan 16, 2017, 05:25 PM »
Here in southern NY a nice perch is 11-13" but there is one lake I fish that me and a couple friends caught over 100 perch, we were  lucky if 5 of them were over  10".
My question.... Is it possible that there is so many perch in the lake that they are unable to grow to a larger size? Also some of these little gals are full of eggs.
I personally think that the lake is over populated and these fish need to be thinned out so the ones that are left can grow to a larger size. Anyone have any thoughts, Ideas, or answers.
The lake is good size, 100 acres or so. and average depth is around 15' with the deepest spots around 25-30'.
Average size of the fish I'm referring to is around 5-6".


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Re: What size perch you keep
« Reply #22 on: Jan 16, 2017, 06:36 PM »
if the lake receives allot of pressure and and the breeding stock(9-13+in) of perch is taken on a regular basis, then yes, you can get a lake that is loaded with little perch for awhile until the bigger breeding stock rebounds. Also the lack of predatory fish(ie:pickerel,  pike, walleye, tiger muskies) will play a part as well, as they contribute to the controll of the smaller fish.
it's all fun and games till somebody looses a walleye!!


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