How to Catch Open Water Yellow Perch by Henry Aguinaldo | Jan 7, 2020 | Fishing, Fishing Instruction, Freshwater Fishing, Kilroy HD | 3 comments In the southeastern region of Virginia, a few popular open bodies of water were stocked with yellow perch. People seem to have forgotten about them. After releasing well over fifty perch this year, I have had many between one and one and a half pounds, or even more on some occasions. Here is how to catch them. Lures for Yellow Perch: In the process of catching these tank-sized perch, it brought me to gaining my Expert Angler of this species. Reaching this milestone required catching ten perch measuring twelve inches or weighing one pound four ounces. Most people know that one of the best ways to catch fish is with live bait. Well, I’m going to share with you the lures and tools I use that work very well for this species. Gear for Yellow Perch: In the beginning of fall when the water has begun its decline in temperature, perch become very active in my home lake. When this change begins, I tend to get most of my bites right on the grass line in water between five to ten feet. My go-to lure is a Rapala Ultra Light Crank resembling a small, chubby minnow or baitfish which runs five to eight feet — right in the range I’m focused on. Completely burning this bait on my Medium-light Extra Fast Bass X rod with my Diawa BG 1500 Series spooled with 10 lb braid and 6 lb mono leader. [bigcommerce_product id=”1070″ order=”ASC” orderby=”date”] End game: When out targeting smaller fish species like open water yellow perch, I bring the sixteen inch bump board made by Ketch Products, which is top notch quality. Once I have caught a few fish in the same area, I believe I have found a school. I proceed by switching to an Ultra-light Rippin Rap because, in my eyes, it gives off a bigger profile. My line of thinking behind this is that I want the BIG bite, not the schoolies. If the bite starts to slow down, I’ll jig this lure very aggressively to get a reaction from a perch. 3 Comments Daniel on January 12, 2020 at 2:09 pm Awesome Henry ! I used the technique and class of lures you spoke of and smoked em ! Another angler came up one time while I was targeting these aggressive Perch and asked me how I was doing. I told him I was having fun pulling in several chunky perch. He scoffed he wouldn’t want to wet the bottom of his boat catching perch. That is until he saw the girth on some of the yellow perch. He wasn’t laughing anymore! Reply Henry Aguinaldo on January 12, 2020 at 2:13 pm That’s awesome man! The first one I ever caught I swore I had a decent largemouth then seeing the colors of the perch when coming alongside the yak gave me a jaw dropping moment of pure excitement. Reply Anthony Chaney on July 21, 2020 at 6:31 am Great article, really helpful! Could you possibly tell me what boat it is you are using? I’m looking into doing something similar, but not sure what to go with. Thanks for this informative article. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.