White perch are found in estuaries, rivers and lakes. Known for their table fare
qualities, white perch are a schooling fish and are easy to catch when located.
Seldom venturing in shallow water, white perch are an open water species. Considered
omnivores, feeding behavior is closely associated with whatever forage is available
in large quantities.
perch can be caught in the Delaware River and its lower tributaries, such as Crosswicks,
Rancocas, Cooper, Big Timber and Mantua Creeks. Additionally, coastal rivers
such as the Raritan, Mullica and Great Egg Harbor River, and deeper lakes and
reservoirs, possess excellent white perch populations.
perch can be caught year-round. Depending on the time of the year, they can be
caught from the shoreline, boat or through the ice. However, early spring is the
most productive time to catch white perch. At this time white perch are tightly
schooled and ravenous.
The first step to catching white perch is to locate a school. Schools can be found
by using electronic fish finding equipment, hit or miss fishing, or by visually
observing white perch feeding at the surface. Water depths of 15 - 25 feet are
ideal locations for finding suspended white perch.
Once a school is found, start fishing at the appropriate depth with live bait
such as grass shrimp, worms or minnows - white perch will be caught immediately!
Artificial baits, such as spinners, minnow imitators and jigs, can be equally
as productive as live bait if fished properly.
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