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Yellow Perch

Perca flavescens

Walleye Family

Freshwater Fish Identification

Yellow Perch


Common Name(s):
Lake perch, striped perch
Description:
The yellow perch sides are golden yellow to brassy green with six to eight dark vertical saddles with a white to yellow belly. Yellow perch have many small teeth, but no large canines. The gill cover contains one or more sharp spines.
Similar Fish:
Sauger, walleye
Feeding Habits:
Adults feed on aquatic insects, larger invertebrates, and other small fish.
Range:
The yellow perch is a widespread species in the northern United States and in Canada. Although it occurs in nearly every U.S. state today it is sparsely distributed in the South.
Habitat:
The yellow perch is found in lakes, ponds, and slow moving rivers. It prefers clear water with moderate vegetation and lots of sand or gravel bottoms.
Typical Size:
Yellow perch range from 1 ounce to 1 pound with some fish known to exceed 2 pounds. Rarely are they longer than 12 inches in length.
World Record:
4 pounds, 3 ounces (Source - IGFA)