Yellow Perch. Anglers can expect good perch fishing in the western basin in 2019 as fish from the large 2014 hatch are approaching sizes up to 13 inches. Hatches from 2015 through 2017 will also provide some smaller 7- to 9-inch fish. The true purpose of fishing ultra-light is the ability to cast lures much smaller than we’d be able to cast with heavier tackle. Bass will be more willing to grab lures in the 1/16 to 1/32-ounce range than they will larger ones, and these smaller lures will also attract species like crappie, perch, and rock bass. Pounding perch on ‘Big Winnie’ TED PECK Technology can be overwhelming to an old river rat whose first trolling motor was a pair of oars and first depth finder a knotted rope with a big rock on one end and a red-headed lump on the other. JD’s Gear: Light Tackle Surf Perch While you can toss giant 12-foot rods and sinkers heavier than car batteries, I prefer to fish perch off the beach with light gear. Surf perch can be pretty scrappy on scaled down tackle and this stuff will work from Baja to Olympic National Park on days when the surf isn’t too heavy. Mar 20, 2019 · Using one rod with a bobber setup and the other with a cast and retrieve setup (jig, spinner, crankbait) is another great combination. Spider trolling. Spider rigging or spider trolling definitely sets itself apart from other crappie fishing techniques. It can be ridiculously effective. Perch fishing does not require a wide or expensive collection of fishing gear. Most anglers use basic rod-reel combinations, although light tackle is the most popular. Use a somewhat stiffer 6 to 6 1/2 foot rod with a medium to fast tip for trolling or drift-fishing. Mar 02, 2014 · “Like pike, perch are highly cannibalistic. A small perch livebait often out fishes a roach 10 to 1.” GET OUT THERE - NOW! We are currently enjoying the golden age of perch fishing and with more commercial stillwaters reaching maturity, along with the perch that live in them, there’s never been a better time catch specimen perch.