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Fall Lake Erie Perch Report
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Fall Lake Erie Perch Report

If you like to catch big perch this is the time of year to do it. The best place to find out where the big perch are is in the Lake Erie Perch Fishing Report.

Beginning in late September and through October the perch start to feed heavily in order to survive the winter. This is also the time that you will find big perch feeding along side the smaller perch that we catch all fishing season.

For most of the year we catch perch in the 8 to 10 inch range however the jumbos arrive late in the year. These fish are often in the 12 to 13 inch range with a few even bigger. There is a lot of speculation as to the location of these big fish the rest of the year. Most veteran fishermen believe they are in deep water away from or on the fringes of the smaller sized schools of perch.

These big perch are caught in the same general location year after year ,however there are only two ways to know where they are at a specific time. First you can be on the lake day in and day out looking for and locating them. Second you can follow the local fishing reports. The second is by far the cheaper of the two and consumes far less time.

The problem with fishing this time of year is the weather. The nights have started to cool off which makes the water temperature start to drop. While this water temperature drop is what turns the fish on it can make for cold hands when handling the fish. Also the weather starts to be cold, windy and just downright nasty as the season winds down.

It is not unusual to start your day with temperatures in the high 30’s and end it with the temperature in the 60’s which means you have to layer your clothes. Gloves are not an option because it is impossible to bait your hooks and handle the fish with gloves on.

The veteran fishermen look forward to this time of year. They will put up with the cold nasty weather and rough seas so they can stock their freezers with plenty of nice sized perch. A lot of boaters pull their boats before this fishing bonanza even gets underway which is their loss and our gain

You can expect 100’s of boats to be fishing during most of the year but this time of the year we pretty much have the lake to ourselves. Those few fishermen that brave the cold weather and rough seas are rewarded with some of the best fishing of the year.


Street Talk

So John, how do you cook your perch. This is an interesting article, but I don't think I have ever prepared perch. I am not at all familiar with the species. Are they bony, oily, lean etc.?

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  about 1 year ago

First off Jim they are not big at all. Average length around 10 inches. After catching we scale and fillet them. My preference is to deep fry them.

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  about 1 year ago

Jim, I fillet and skin mine so no bones. I then bread and deep fry them. You can also pan fry them or bake them. They are a mild white fish and are really good but as I'm sure you know it's all about what you are brought up with. Thanks for the comment

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  about 1 year ago

You made me hungry for perch John, lol. Good to see you are around yet! Busy summer I bet.

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  about 1 year ago

It has been a busy summer. Perch is on the menu for tomorrow. Thanks fore the comment

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  about 1 year ago

Layering your clothes makes sense - I've been wearing layers upon layers of shirts and two pairs of pants lately just to cope with the "I'm cold" vs. "I'm hot" switches;) Thanks for the update on what's going on in the fishing bonanza with your fall Lake Erie perch report. Cold weather and rough seas seem to mix well with having fun and getting some good eating lined up.

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  about 1 year ago

Thanks for the comment Cynthia. We're going in the morning. The weather is supposed to be beautiful, sunny and 70 degrees. great for this time of year

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  about 1 year ago

Whee! Seems like a great weather report... watching snow right now.

  
  about 1 year ago

The weather is a lot different now Cynthia. It's 27 degrees with no snow and the perch season is over. Thanks for the comment

  
  about 1 year ago

This article made me smile!:-)

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  about 2 years ago

And that makes me happy. Thanks for the comment

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  about 2 years ago

I have so much to learn about fishing and we live on a sailboat on the gulf on an island so when we retire to land we are looking for a lake in the south for good fishing and good water...I have heard from our friends that we have to check and see where the water in the lake comes form and what drains into it...for starters that will be what we do...Georgia is looking goo so far...thanks for the tips...i would never have thought about the fish being cold to touch....living in Florida seems to keep me thinking hot about everything....it is still hot here 88 feels like 102 daily ....sometimes we get 60s at night now which is a blessing.

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  about 2 years ago

Thanks for the comment. when you decide on a location check the local fishing reports and fishing news. You can learn a lot from those.

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  about 2 years ago

thanks John........k

  
  about 2 years ago

This is the time of year for sure the sallmon are running and the walleye start running up the river and the perch get turned on, along with the bass that are feeding for the summer, and the pike are gettiing more slluggish as the days get shorter...ah the fall time a great time for fishing John....running around the lake looking for them may be fun, at least to me it is, fishing reports are a great way to go, I do the look and see method check out where the crowds are, that is where the fish are....

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  about 2 years ago

You're right on Tim. I enjoy moving around on the lake looking for the fish but with gas at $4.00+ it gets a little pricey. If you find a bunch of boats grouped up you can be pretty sure they're on the fish so just find a place you can slide in without disturbing those already there. Thanks for your comment

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  about 2 years ago

Ahhh... the fish are hungry so now's the time to go fishing. Priceless. Your article rings true for much of life itself. Thanks for great insights. Good job.

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  about 2 years ago

Thanks for the comment Cynthia. great to hear from you. I've always looked forward to your comments

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  about 2 years ago
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