I know young perch eat a lot of juvenile crawfish and blood worms. That would probably explain why I keep running into them around mud bottoms? i don't think they suspend and eat shad like everything else? I have never caught a single one there trolling.how well do perch compete for forgage with all the other game in the lake?
I used to catch big perch at Smith Mountain on small Paca Craws dragged thru the mud slowly.