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Offline Mncrappie

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What size perch you keep
« on: Nov 20, 2016, 11:49 PM »
What size perch do you guys keep? I'm not talking jumbo perch. I keep them at about 11 inches. Sometimes 9 or 10 depending how fat they are
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Re: What size perch you keep
« Reply #1 on: Nov 20, 2016, 11:56 PM »
A 3 incher will make a days worth of cut bait, the best being two eyes.     ;)2

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Re: What size perch you keep
« Reply #2 on: Nov 21, 2016, 12:07 AM »
Depends on the lake and growing conditions. I believe the DNR here in Iowa considers 8in perch the desired size for table fair.

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Re: What size perch you keep
« Reply #3 on: Nov 21, 2016, 07:12 AM »
most places I fish locally, 8"+ is decent but I went out to North Dakota last winter, its a whole different world out there for perch! Didn't keep anything smaller than 10" and most were in the 11" to 12" range. While that may not be big for local people in ND, I was amazed

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Re: What size perch you keep
« Reply #4 on: Nov 21, 2016, 07:17 AM »
most places I fish locally, 8"+ is decent but I went out to North Dakota last winter, its a whole different world out there for perch! Didn't keep anything smaller than 10" and most were in the 11" to 12" range. While that may not be big for local people in ND, I was amazed

Amazing how those fresh water shrimp in the lakes up that way fatten the perch up so well.

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Re: What size perch you keep
« Reply #5 on: Nov 21, 2016, 07:22 AM »
 Hunger for a meal determines a lot,  I have eaten tons of  8" perch , also the body of water I'm  fishing 😉
     

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Re: What size perch you keep
« Reply #6 on: Nov 21, 2016, 09:33 AM »
The minimum for me is 8 inches depending on the lake but most times I won't keep them less than 10 inches.

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Re: What size perch you keep
« Reply #7 on: Nov 22, 2016, 10:50 PM »
On a slough where they run smaller, 8+ depending on fatness.  On a bigger lake where you can possibly get multiple 12s in a day, 10+.  I find that 9-11 are the best keepers.  12+ the rib cage gets a lot more rugged and they're hard to clean, and you don't get that much more meat from a 13 than from an 11.  Big ones are great for a picture, but 9-11 is ideal for eating.

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Re: What size perch you keep
« Reply #8 on: Nov 23, 2016, 01:11 PM »
Depends how hungry for a fish dinner I am :)

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Re: What size perch you keep
« Reply #9 on: Nov 27, 2016, 02:14 PM »
I usually go with 10".

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Re: What size perch you keep
« Reply #10 on: Nov 27, 2016, 02:34 PM »
Give a man a fish he eats for a day .Teach a man to ice fish he has an obsession for a lifetime

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Re: What size perch you keep
« Reply #11 on: Nov 30, 2016, 02:23 PM »
8"-12" perfect size

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Re: What size perch you keep
« Reply #12 on: Nov 30, 2016, 02:27 PM »
If I'm looking for a meal then it's 8" for me. If I have a few on the ice I'll start to keep a few 7 1/2". If I ever find a school of bigger perch then I'll keep a few over 10"

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Re: What size perch you keep
« Reply #13 on: Dec 02, 2016, 11:32 AM »
8" for me for keepers

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Re: What size perch you keep
« Reply #14 on: Dec 13, 2016, 11:04 AM »
9 or greater
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Re: What size perch you keep
« Reply #15 on: Dec 13, 2016, 01:11 PM »
Depends on how the perch are biting. On slow days, I may keep 11" and up. Other days I throw back anything under 13.

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Re: What size perch you keep
« Reply #16 on: Dec 13, 2016, 02:54 PM »
9 inches or more
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Offline BRIZBO

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Re: What size perch you keep
« Reply #17 on: Dec 20, 2016, 08:29 PM »
Depends, in Iowa, 9+ if their thick. SD, 12

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Re: What size perch you keep
« Reply #18 on: Jan 10, 2017, 06:17 PM »
9" and up for me

Offline Glowjigger

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Re: What size perch you keep
« Reply #19 on: Jan 12, 2017, 12:16 AM »
Depends, but usually 8-10 inch are keepers.

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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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