How to Fish for White Perch

Using a line to throw fish. A hook number 1 is O.K. Angle worms suited for food. If you are using a float, change it so that the hook is about 3 or 4 inches from the bottom of the lake.

Using a small sinker while fishing without a float, pinch it to the line six to eight inches above the hook. Let the bait gradually sink in. If the sinker reaches the edge, lift it by nine to ten inches and leave it there for a few minutes. Slowly raise it, and make another set.

If you’re fishing on a lake where white perch is known to be plentiful, and you’re not fortunate enough, paddle your canoe or row your boat to another part of the lake and make some casts. If this isn’t a success, try another place, and yet another. Stay in the area when you catch a white perch because it’s “learning” fish and you can catch a dozen or more as easily as you can lower and lift your baited hook.

The best time to fish is just at midnight. They’ll be taking a fly at this time of day at other seasons. As shown in this post, use your standard fly rod and wet trout flies with a little lead “twiston” on your chief. Let the fly sink well under water, and gradually recover it.

You can have them quicker as they take a flight, and have a lot more sport than bait.

If you are fishing at the lake or pond outlet there is an old log dam, try your luck in the deep-hole just below the dam. It’s a safe spot to go fishing at season opening.

To early Maine settlers, white perch was a popular fish. Despite of this they have been introduced to several waters where they have not been resident. They are plentiful today, as they were in the time of L.L.