Table fare for the famous Wisconsin “Friday Night Fish Fry”, the Yellow Perch is considered by many the best eating of all fresh water fish, but unfortunately it’s pond reputation does not match this.
The Yellow Perch spawns early in the spring by releasing large ribbons of eggs on submerged structures, such as fallen trees. It is somewhat unpredictable in ponds, sometimes doing well and sometimes dwindling away. The Walleye is a natural predator of the Yellow Perch, so they help keep perch populations under control.
Yellow Perch Advice:
It is a good idea to only stock perch in those waters that will also support Walleye in case the perch population takes off. Yellow Perch consume a wide variety of food items, including fish, which makes them both a predator and a prey species. They will take pellets if trained, but usually prefer natural food.
If you choose to go with Yellow Perch, we recommend stocking 200 per Surface Acre for an initial stocking, and then see how they are doing after a year or two.
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