How to Catch Perch in Rivers

How to Catch Perch in RiversYellow perch and white perch are two of the best tasting fish that an angler can catch in freshwater. Perch can be found in great numbers in many of the rivers in the United States as well as lakes and ponds. Catching perch in a river is not a difficult proposition once you are armed with the necessary information to be successful.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Find a likely location in a river that will hold perch. Perch prefer somewhat brackish water so any large cove that is directly out of strong current is a good place to fish for perch. Perch can also be found in water where the current is not overwhelming, especially beneath overhanging trees and by underwater structures, such as logs.
Step 2
Use a light spinning rod with 6 to 10 lbs. test to catch perch. Utilize a fishing pole that can cast a decent distance but is light enough to allow you to feel the slightest bite from a fish.
Step 3
Tie a number four snelled hook directly to your line with a cinch knot. The eagle claw hook is an excellent choice for this purpose. Attach two split shots 18 inches up your line from the hook and bait the hook with a 2- to 3-inch long piece of night crawler.
Step 4
Cast your line out and be prepared for a quick bite. If you are fishing where there are perch, in the majority of cases a fish will nibble within 15 to 30 seconds after you have cast out. In a cove you can cast straight out, but if you are fishing where there is some current at work in a river cast downstream. Casting upstream is not prudent since the your rig will sink to the bottom due to the split shots, which can then become lodged crevices on a rocky bottom as the current sweeps it down the river.
Step 5
Feel for the slightest tug on the line. Yellow perch for the most part nibble gently. White perch will take a bite from a worm and then return for more. Once you have felt the initial tug be ready for the next one. As soon as you feel it pull back quickly on your fishing pole and set the hook. If you fail to hook the perch, let the bail sit for up to 30 seconds before retrieving it and casting it out to the same spot.
Step 6
Reel the perch in after setting the hook. Remember that a yellow perch will probably come straight in as you reel thrashing about, but that a white perch will swim hard in a zigzag pattern as it fights the line. Avoid the sharp spines on the dorsal fin of the perch as you unhook it.

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