Perch Fishing Tactics and Techniques

Tips for Catching More Perch

Here are some perch fishing tactics and techniques that an angler can use on their next perch fishing adventure.

There are several productive perch fishing tactics and techniques that anglers can use. However, no matter how an angler fishes for perch there are two important guidelines to follow: keep the lure or bait small and use a variety of colors. Perch are not as aggressive as some other fish and generally will not strike large lures or baits. Perch can also be finicky biters preferring one color one day and a different one the next. With those two things in mind here are some fishing tactics and techniques for perch.

Go Deep

Perch are generally found along the bottom. Lures and baits should both be allowed to fall to the bottom and then gently lifted as perch often strike on the rise. Bouncing jigs off of or near the bottom will produce perch in both open water and while ice fishing.

Be Willing to Move

Like any fish, perch are where you find them. But, unlike other fish perch usually strike if presented with a lure or bait. If an area has been fished well with a variety of colors and no perch has been caught, then move on to the next area.

Offer Both Lures and Baits

Anglers pursuing perch would do well to fish with both lures and bait. Upon arriving at a new area, cast out the bait and then start fishing with the lure. Multiple poles rigged with different lures or different colors can also help to catch perch more quickly.

Create a Feeding Frenzy

If all else fails, splashing the water with the tip of a fishing pole, paddle, or even rocks can draw the perch to an area as it appears that other fish are feeding. Other odd techniques that can be used include tying brightly colored pieces of cloth to an anchor line before dropping anchor, quickly dropping the anchor or other heavy object and then retrieving it back up a few times, and running a boat motor loudly over an area to be fished.

Rods, Reels, Baits, and Lures for Perch Fishing

Rods, Reels, Baits, and Lures for Perch Fishing

Here is an easy-to-use guide to perch fishing tackle and lures. Perch are considered by many to be one of the better tasting fish which makes them a popular fish species. At times, perch can also be caught quickly in large numbers which further adds to the attraction of fishing for perch.

Rods and Reels

While most any rod and reel will catch perch, those with a fast action tip are often the best for perch. This is because perch generally are light biters and heavier tackle will make it difficult to detect their bites. Two exceptions to the light tackle recommendation would be when trolling or fishing in areas where larger game fish are likely to strike the lure or bait.


Though any lure that is commonly used for bluegill and other panfish will work well for perch, perch are less likely than other panfish to hit big lures. Leadhead jigs are a popular choice for perch fishing. These jigs can be topped off with short curly tails, artificial grubs, or other small offerings. An angler pursuing perch should bring along a variety of colors of lures and keep changing them until the color is found that the perch are hitting.


Minnows are one of the most commonly used baits for perch. Again, small minnows should be used to make the perch more likely to strike. Small grubs, garden worms, and other properly sized baits will work well for catching perch also. Small bobbers/floats should be used to help with detecting light strikes.


As with any fishing, the lightest line that will get the job done should be used. For most perch fishing 4 or 6-pound test is fine.

Other Tips

Using two or more rods (or bringing a friend or friends along) can help to put a variety of lures into the water which can help an angler quickly find what styles and colors of lures are working. Start your search for perch by fishing lures and baits deep. Let heavier offerings fall to the bottom, then gently lift them off. Perch often strike as the lure or bait is raised from the bottom. When a perch are caught get it reeled in and cast out quickly as more will likely be found in the same location.

Andrew Lang

I inherited my passion for fishing from my late father. I often write about my experiences with trout fishing, inshore fishing and deep sea fishing.