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White perch
« on: Feb 22, 2018, 06:13 PM »







my season so far on the white perch ( no limit here on them )
i told myself id be back by 2 i guess i didnt factor in that the fish were biting

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Re: White perch
« Reply #1 on: Feb 22, 2018, 07:02 PM »
you got yourself a nice hotspot! I have never caught more than 4 small ones in any single outing. only once, did I target them. Wouldn't mind hitting them like THAT, tho' !  What state are you in?

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Re: White perch
« Reply #2 on: Feb 22, 2018, 07:54 PM »
Don't have any of them around me that I know of, at least not in any size or numbers. How are they to eat? Comparable to yellows or not really?
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Re: White perch
« Reply #3 on: Feb 22, 2018, 08:28 PM »
you got yourself a nice hotspot! I have never caught more than 4 small ones in any single outing. only once, did I target them. Wouldn't mind hitting them like THAT, tho' !  What state are you in?
vermont and they’re a plague one of the invasive that shouldn’t be here but now that they are they get huge
i told myself id be back by 2 i guess i didnt factor in that the fish were biting

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Re: White perch
« Reply #4 on: Feb 23, 2018, 09:18 AM »
Lots of them around my area too. They are a forage fish for striped bass that keep them in the river over the winter. Some of them get pretty good sized too, 10”+ and when a school is around non-stop jigging action.

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Re: White perch
« Reply #5 on: Feb 23, 2018, 05:22 PM »
A buddy and I just pounded them in the Niagara river off the point at squaw island in the spring time from a boat. No Northern pike but lots and lots of white perch. I dont think im gonna mess with them anymore they were kinda slimy,and with the amount we caught that was a lot of slime to fillet.Yuck I say.

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Re: White perch
« Reply #6 on: Feb 23, 2018, 08:16 PM »
Yes they’re a very slimy fish very bloody
i told myself id be back by 2 i guess i didnt factor in that the fish were biting

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Re: White perch
« Reply #7 on: Feb 24, 2018, 02:29 PM »
I have only caught a couple of white perch in my lifetime and threw both back.  Can anyone tell me what kind of table fare they make?  Are they as tasty as yellow perch?  Are they similar to specks in texture.  Are they a strong tasting fish?  I realize the best way to get these answers is to try them myself.  However, fishing the Saginaw Bay, we don't catch that many of them and it might be a year or two before I do again.  Thnx for the help folks!

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Re: White perch
« Reply #8 on: Feb 24, 2018, 09:20 PM »
I don't eat fresh water fish other than trout, but I am told that they are very good eating.

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Re: White perch
« Reply #9 on: Feb 25, 2018, 07:19 AM »
Awesome eating right there!
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Re: White perch
« Reply #10 on: Feb 25, 2018, 07:26 AM »
Excellent table fair. Flaky white meat. Bleed them out on the ice, and I prefer them over yellows, or trout.

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Re: White perch
« Reply #11 on: Feb 25, 2018, 10:30 AM »
I guess I'll be keeping them from now on!

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Re: White perch
« Reply #12 on: Feb 27, 2018, 07:35 PM »
They’re so abundant in Vermont where I live it’s unreal you can’t troll for Lakers in the summer months on champlain they do nothing but set off the downriggers constantly
i told myself id be back by 2 i guess i didnt factor in that the fish were biting

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Re: White perch
« Reply #13 on: Mar 03, 2018, 09:46 AM »
Disgusting eating IMO.  Very strong fishy taste.  You can cut out the darker meat which I've tried and still nasty!  As ice fiend said they are very slimy and bloody.  I wouldn't eat um if you caught, cleaned, and cooked them for me.  VERY FUN to catch though.  165 pounds in one outing is my best which I'm sure Ice Fiend has topped.  22 gallons I believe is what I had.  A few years ago all to myself to the side of Burton Island.  I don't target them but if I happen upon them I will fish them by myself.

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Re: White perch
« Reply #14 on: Mar 03, 2018, 09:53 AM »
Disgusting eating IMO.  Very strong fishy taste.  You can cut out the darker meat which I've tried and still nasty!  As ice fiend said they are very slimy and bloody.  I wouldn't eat um if you caught, cleaned, and cooked them for me.  VERY FUN to catch though.  165 pounds in one outing is my best which I'm sure Ice Fiend has topped.  22 gallons I believe is what I had.  A few years ago all to myself to the side of Burton Island.  I don't target them but if I happen upon them I will fish them by myself.
I saw a white perch fillet on another thread that had been skinned instead of scaled.  It was more red then white along the mud line, which appeared to be much wider then on a yellow perch.  All of that is where the fishy taste comes from.   They fish appeared to be thinner then a yellow, kind of like a white bass vs. a large or small mouth.  Being thinner would certainly make getting all of the dark nasty stuff out a lot harder.   If they are all like the one I saw on here, I'll not be eating them.  However, I will take the next one home and fillet it up and see what I can get out of it.  If I can get all the nasty stuff out, I'll try it!

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Re: White perch
« Reply #15 on: Mar 04, 2018, 07:47 PM »
Slayed them! Way to much cleaning for me!

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Re: White perch
« Reply #16 on: Mar 14, 2018, 09:13 PM »
Disgusting eating IMO.  Very strong fishy taste.  You can cut out the darker meat which I've tried and still nasty!  As ice fiend said they are very slimy and bloody.  I wouldn't eat um if you caught, cleaned, and cooked them for me.  VERY FUN to catch though.  165 pounds in one outing is my best which I'm sure Ice Fiend has topped.  22 gallons I believe is what I had.  A few years ago all to myself to the side of Burton Island.  I don't target them but if I happen upon them I will fish them by myself.
best I’ve done is 175lbs
i told myself id be back by 2 i guess i didnt factor in that the fish were biting

 



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