A lot of people want to go ice fishing for perch, but not everyone knows how to go about doing it effectively. It is important that you take the time to gather as much information as possible on these fish and how to catch them before you go out on the ice next time. The more time you spend doing this research, the better of a position you will be in to catch a lot more perch.
Winter is a great time to go out fishing for perch. Those who go looking for these fish in the summer will have a much harder time even finding them because they tend to be a lot more spread out. In the winter these fish group up into schools and suspend themselves over deep water.
Most perch can be found suspended like Sunfish or Crappie close to the bottom like their cousin, the Walleye. When these fish are hungry they will typically be close to the bottom. In early winter, perch tend to be found in the same places they were at just before the water froze over. You will need to make a point of looking for these fish in shallow weeds as well as just off the weed line. When you see a weeded area close to the shoreline, your chances of catching perch are pretty good.
By the middle of the winter, perch start going in closer to bays and weed lines. Perch tend to spawn in the dark, shallow water of bays after the ice is out. You will be able to find these fish closer to their spawning areas as spring draws closer. Locating perch is half the battle of catching them, so you will absolutely need to keep these things in mind. ice fishing for perch can be tricky at times.
There are some particularly effective techniques that you can use when it comes to catching perch, and it’s important that you know what they are. Jigging is still the best way to go about catching these fish, and it involves raising and dropping the very end of your fishing rod ever so slightly. This technique has been working for perch fishermen for a very long time, so there is a good chance that it will work for you too.
Try raising and dropping the tip of your rod, waiting five to ten seconds, and then repeating the motion until you feel or notice some action on the end of the line. If you are not using a flasher and do not know what depth the fish are at, you can start by jigging near the bottom of the lake. If you do not find any fish, try coming up a foot or two. Continue this process until you either find or reach the ice with your lure.
Once you have a good understanding of jigging and have done it a little bit, you will need to consider the kind of lure and bait that you are going to use. There are a number of different jigs that have proven to be quite effective when it comes to catching perch. Flash spoons, or vertical spoons as they are also known, can be very helpful when it comes to catching perch.
You will find that flash spoons are easily identified by their vertical fishing position, and a treble hook on the bottom. Spoons can be great for fish that are only moderately active. Put a minnow head on one of your hooks and just wait for the perch to come biting. It is important that you take the time to look into some of these lures until you find the right one to use.
It is always a good idea to use live bait when you are trying to catch perch. Put a live minor, grub or minnow head on your jig for the very best results. In most places where there is ice fishing, you can use more than just a single rod. It is highly recommended that you set up a second rod with a float or bobber and a minnow on a hook or jig while ice fishing. This can be a great way to increase your chances of catching these fish. In the end you will be glad you took these tips and hopefully upped tour ice fishing game a bit!