Here is an easy to use guide to perch fishing tackle and lures. Perch are considered by many to be one of the better tasting fish which make them a popular fish species. At times, perch can also be caught quickly in large numbers which further adds to the attraction of fishing for perch.
Guide to Perch Fishing Tackle and Lures – Rods and Reels
While most any rod and reel will catch perch, those with a fast action tip are often the best for perch. This is because perch generally are light biters and heavier tackle will make it difficult to detect their bites. Two exceptions to the light tackle recommendation would be when trolling or fishing in areas where larger game fish are likely to strike the lure or bait.
Guide to Perch Fishing Tackle and Lures – Lures
Though any lure that is commonly used for bluegill and other panfish will work well for perch, perch are less likely than other panfish to hit lures that are big. Leadhead jigs are a popular choice for perch fishing. These jigs can be topped off with short curly tails, artificial grubs, or other small offerings. An angler pursuing perch should bring along a variety of colors of lures and keep changing them until the color is found that the perch are hitting.
Guide to Perch Fishing Tackle and Lures – Baits
Minnows are one of the most commonly used baits for perch. Again, small minnows should be used to make the perch more likely to strike. Small grubs, garden worms, and other properly sized baits will work well for catching perch also. Small bobbers / floats should be used to help with detecting light strikes.
Guide to Perch Fishing Tackle and Lures – Line
As with any fishing, the lightest line that will get the job done should be used. For most perch fishing 4 or 6 pound test is fine.
Guide to Perch Fishing Tackle and Lures – Other Tips
Using two or more rods (or bringing a friend or friends along) can help to put a variety of lures into the water which can help an angler quickly find what styles and colors of lures are working. Start your search for perch by fishing lures and baits deep. Let heavier offerings fall to the bottom, then gently lift them off. Perch often strike as the lure or bait is raised from the bottom. When a perch is caught get it reeled in and cast out quickly as more will likely be found in the same location.