Perch fishing in the Finger Lakes is fantastic. A fishing trip to the Finger Lakes may result with an encounter of the following species brown trout, coho salmon, lake trout, rainbow trout, king salmon, landlocked salmon, walleye, bass, and perch
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Yellow Perch Fishing In NY

   Yellow Perch are found in most all of New York's lakes and rivers. In recent years the perch populations have seen radical changes. In some waters they have become scarce and others they are thriving. This is caused by a wide variety of factors including drought, acid rains, and introduction of exotic species. Perch are a highly sought after game fish in early spring and are the bread and butter for ice fisherman. Perch average about 6 to 14 inches in length with most being in the 10 inch area. Recently N.Y. State instituted a 50 fish limit for perch which should help stop over harvesting. The state record Yellow Perch weighed 3 lb. 8oz. This fish was caught by George Boice on a perch minnow from Lake Erie in April 1982.

  The Yellow Perch will feed on a variety of items including small minnows, insects, crayfish, worms, eggs and the small fry of other fish. Perch prefer deeper water with cover or drop offs and will congregate on the deeper side off weed beds. Pier pilings and brush also attract and hold these fish as well. Perch also provide a forage base for larger fish such as pickerel, walleye, northern pike and muskellunge.This is one reason cover is a must for perch. When the water temperatures are to warm perch will leave the cover and seek deep open water and roam the lake in large schools where they find safety in numbers.

  The Finger Lakes in central NY are fantastic for perch fishing. With Seneca Lake being the number one spot for big perch. Locals call them elephant perch. Every year perch in the 2 to 3 pound range are caught here. Two pound perch are common. In the last few years the lake has been drawn down low for the winter and there has not been sufficient precipitation to raise the lake back to normal level for spring fishing.This has resulted in reduced spawning for perch. Seneca Lake is a deep glacier carved lake and has more deep water than shallow.The low water levels raised havoc with the weed beds that perch need for spawning. Ironically the introduction of the zebra mussel has cleared the water even more so weed beds are now starting to grow in deeper water.This should help the perch poulation in the years to come. The pike have really benefited from the deep water weed beds and have seen a big population boom. This also hurts the perch population cause pike are one of the biggest predators for perch.

   Lake Ontario has many bays and inlets which provide great perch fishing as well. Sodus Bay is a fantastic hot spot for ice fishing for perch and in the spring boat fisherman do well here.The Oak Orchard Creek area has a large run of perch in late March and early April from the lake. Most fish are about 8 to 10 inches long but it is not stop action just toss out a small chunk of worm on the bottom and wait, but not long its fast and furious. Fairhaven, Oswego Harbor and the Erie Canal system are also great spots for perch fishing. Oneida Lake is also a fabulous fishery for yellow perch as well as walleye and smallmouth bass.

   Suggested tackle for yellow perch would be any ultra light outfit with 2, 4, or 6 pound test line. Small jigs and spinners fished slowly just off the bottom will trigger active perch to bite. Then more may be tempted with live bait. A small fathead minnow fished on the bottom with a small split shot on a thin aberdeen wire hook is the most productive method for perch. If the bottom is weedy or snag infested try using a slip float with the bait set one to two feet off the bottom. Night Crawlers can be used in the same way. Perch are great bait thieves so only use one half of a night crawler at a time. Thread the bait on the hook to give it a natural presentation don't bunch it on the hook. Fishing with worms for perch may also produce bullheads, catfish, bass, trout, bluegills, crappies, pike, pickerel, walleyes, and suckers.

Irondequoit Bay Perch fishing
November of 2006 Raymond Martin of Elmira, NY and Dave Criss from Pine City, NY were enjoying an exciting day of perch fishing on Irondequoit Bay

In November of 2006 Raymond Martin of Elmira, NY and Dave Criss from Pine City, NY were enjoying an exciting day of perch fishing on Irondequoit Bay. They were fishing with Captain Chas Townsend of Searcher Charters. The fish were hitting on perch minnows fished on the bottom in 20 feet of water. Redworms and wax worms were also used to entice a few fish.

Irondequoit Bay is a large bay on the southern shore of Lake Ontario located in Rochester, New York. The Bay is four miles long and approximately 1/2 mile wide. The maxium depth of the Bay is just under 75 feet. Irondequoit Bay offers fishing for perch, bluegill, bullhead, carp, trout, walleye, northern pike and largemouth bass. The bay itself can be a nice diversion on the days when Lake Ontario is too rough to venture out into.

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First week of May 2021 Raymond Martin and Dave criss were fishing on Skaneateles Lake with Lucky Buck Charters the perch bite was fantastic with a few walleye even getting in on the act as well though they were still out of season. The fish were just finishing up spawning and were very hugery and were hitting the soft plastic jigs, just as fast as we could get them to the bottom smallmouth and rockbass would also chime in from time to time it was a fast paced day and went by quickly. The day ended with jigging up a limit of lake trout as well.

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Skaneateles Lake is 16 miles long, averages three-quarters of a mile wide, and reaches a maximum depth of 300 feet. Skaneateles Lake is home to the following species of fish, lake trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, landlocked salmon, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, northern pike, walleye, chain pickerel, rock bass, crappie, sunfish, bullheads. The lake trout are naturally reproducing, while 20,000 rainbow trout and 9,000 landlocked salmon are stocked annually.

The lake drains north via Skaneateles Creek, which flows into the Seneca River. Skaneateles Lake is the fifth largest of the Finger Lakes. It is located in Onondaga, Cortland and Cayuga counties. Skaneateles The lake trout are naturally reproducing, while 20,000 rainbow trout and 9,000 landlocked salmon are stocked annually. The lake is the second cleanest lake in the United States map

Finger Lakes fishing trip may result with an encounter of the following species brown trout,coho salmon,lake trout,rainbow trout,king salmon,landlocked salmon,walleye,bass,and perch
Conesus Lake   Hemlock Lake   Canadice Lake   Honeoye Lake   Canandaigua Lake   Keuka Lake   Seneca Lake   Cayuga lake   Owasco Lake   Skaneateles   Otisco Lake   Lamoka Lake   Waneta Lake   Finger Lakes Streams  

Long Island has fantastic fishing year around. Long Island anglers can choose from a multitude of species including weakfish,striped bass,fluke,flounder,sea bass,blackfish,porgies,mackerel,cod,pollock,
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