Now thats a good question...ive only caught a few around the lakes in longmont, but i know they are out there...especially in the larger reservoirs....whats the trick to getting them in open water later in the year?
Perch are a relatively easy fish to catch once you locate them. They school up so as soon as you land one get your bait back out there in the same spot that you caught the last one as soon as possible. Look for clear spots in weedbeds or holes in lilly pads are usually good places to start. WHen I'm fishing for perch its usually in 6 to 15 ft of water and from shore I usually not in a boat hunting perch. A small bobber and a small hook (size 8 ) work well, may even want to use an attractor hook to draw them in. Bait I use anything from small pieces of worms, minnows, minnow heads, maggots or even a grubs. Perch eyes work very good to but dont use them until you find the school.
Once you locate a school you may want to try throwing jigs my favorite colors are red and white, yellow, chartreuse, and black.
I've caught a few big ones pushing 12 inches but this was back in like 98' when I was ditchin' school to go fishing. The only thing I remember was that we fished in March and caught em' with 6" weedless rigged Culprit Worms while bass fishing.
Anyhow... I still think I only caught these few panfish brutes from luck and thought I'd create this thread to refresh my memory.
The tips given were helpful, fellas. Once again, Thanks.
I take my son, and when my buddy is with us we have his daughter, or might have a couple neighbor kids with us so its good to hit a school of fish cause alot of fish or alot of bites in a small amount of time makes fishing for the micro dudes alot of fun. So wether its bluegill, crappie, or perch these schools spend alot of catching and keeps the kids entertained and enjoying the sport of fishing.
Its kinda far, but me and my bro fished Rifle Gap Res. for the first time last august and ended up catchin 77 perch from my boat.We were using 1.5" twisters and tubes with tiny piece of worm,draggin 'em on the bottom in 8 to 12 ft. of water.Largest was 13".Most were 9-10 inches.
Don't know what you think about perch fillets, but it's my favorite eating fish... sweet taste to it.
Just a note, I was out in a tube at Quincy in April a couple of years back, and tied on a home made light creme colored, large buck hair grizzly adam looking thing (this was ugly), and hit a school. Must have landed about 20 in about 45 minutes. They all went back into the lake; no real size to them.
Jay, you fish Qunicy a lot, any word on the size potential or the ability to locate perch on a consistent basis at Quincy?
My memory is getting foggy...but I got my annual pass from them on the 5th...and I thought the ranger said someone caught a 13 inch perch off the dam...again it was only one...but they usually school in like sizes...