Damn nice perch there! Did you get a weight on any of them? Look to be over a pound for sure and delicious.
I often think that the #2- 9oz state record perch is not legit. I don't think that perch in this state get much bigger than the ones you caught. Very nicely done! I've struggled with my perch fishing this year so far.
Been a good year out there this year. Lots of leeches in the water. Boat-loads of 15-17.99" walleye, some larger ones as well. Lots of 9-11 inch perch landed as well, which is always fun (and really good eating). Found it odd that we didn't get any perch under 9", which seems at odds with a lifetime of catching the little monsters. Throw in some healthy trout and a few huge smallies, and it's been a good spring on the lake.
Interesting thing about the crayfish ... a bit earlier in the year, we were getting smallies mixed in with the perch, walleye, and trout. To a T, every one of those big smallies were puking up crayfish parts on the way to the boat. Now folks are saying its a bad year for crayfish out there. I wonder if crayfish are just not preferred to leeches ... maybe it's not the crayfish population that's slumping as much as the leech population is booming. I'd think they are a lot easier to catch/digest than crayfish. Maybe supplement that with whatever else is in the area (bugs, minnows, etc), and there's no impetus to head to the crayfish grounds. Just a thought.