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Yellow Perch

Scientific Name: Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens)

Habitats: Brule Lake, Camp Lake, Chicaugon Lake, Great Lake Huron, Great Lake Michigan, Great Lake Superior, Ice Lake, Lake Emily, Lake Gogebic, Peavy Pond, Perch Lake, Swan Lake, Winslow Lake

Edibility Score:

Toxicity Level: Low

State Recommended Max Servings Per Month: 1

Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens)

Family – Percidae (purse-i-day). Perch species include Yellow Perch, Walleye, and Darters.

Yellow perch are in all the Great Lakes and many waters in between. You’ll find some of the most significant concentrations eastern end of the Upper Peninsula.

Perch are usually a shallow water fish, most often found in less than 30 feet of water, but may be found deeper than 100 feet, particularly in summer. Young perch can be found closer to shore and in shallower water.

In summertime when it is hot, the old timers would take us to a 50 ft deep drop and we jigged a worm and got into a large school in Iron County Michigan.

Soft mouth made them hard to retrieve without loosing a lot of them. So a light touch when retrieving. Where you find one, there will be many like crappie and walleye.

Some lakes have special rules like Lake Gogebic in Gogebic and Ontonagon counties has the 25-fish daily limit with no more than five of those fish being 12 inches or longer.

Effective perch baits include earthworms, and minnows are a great choice, as is spinning with artificial lures or spoons.

The yellow perch is a common prey to many piscivorous (fish-eating) fishes, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, musky, walleye, bowfins, burbot, lake trout, and others.

Yellow perch are most active early morning and late afternoon. Ideal times for perch to feed since the low-light conditions.

Health : Local waters have PCBs, dioxin, mercury, PFOS, and other chemicals that can be found in fish and stay in our environment for a very long time.

Be aware of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services – The Eat Safe Fish Guide (ESF Guide)

Wisconsin has the a health guide for eating fish in Wisconsin – Choose Wisely Contaminate Advisories for Wisconsin

Fishing Season


Northern Wisconsin - YELLOW PERCH - Bluegill, Crappie, Sunfish, Yellow Perch All boundary waters Open All Year
Daily Limit 25 in any combination. Some lakes have special regulations.


Upper Peninsula of Michigan - YELLOW PERCH - Bluegill, Crappie, Sunfish, Yellow Perch All boundary waters Open All Year
Daily Limit 25 in any combination.  Some lakes have special regulations.

Lake Gogebic The 25-fish daily limit may include only 5 fish that are 12 or more inches long.


WI Fishing Hook & Line Record

Wisconsin Record Yellow Perch.

Weight - 3 lbs. 4 oz. Length Unknown.

Date - 1954

Location Lake Winnebago Winnebago County.

Wisconsin Hook and Line Records for Fishing

MI Fishing Hook & Line Record

Michigan Record Yellow Perch.

Weight - 3.75 lbs. Length 21 Inches.

Date - 1947

Location Lake Independence Marquette County.

Michigan Hook and Line Records for Fishing
DNR Master Angler Michigan.gov Program and Map

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