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Lake Erie, ON jumbo perch action on ultralight outfits.

Posted on June 12th, 2014
Brightly colored Lake Erie jumbo perch are plentiful now in water as shallow as 30'!
Brightly colored Lake Erie jumbo perch are plentiful now in water as shallow as 30′!

Perch fishermen will be happy to hear that on “fishable-days” (winds not too strong and waves not too high), the jumbo perch fishing has been excellent on Lake Erie from Point Abino, ON, all they way to Port Dover, ON.

jumbo_perch2Tyler & Jason Howick report. We Fished the North Shore of Lake Erie today for it’s famous  jumbo yellow perch.  We anchored  in 26-28′ of water where we fished “pickerel rigs” using ultra light action 5-foot rods rigged with 8-10 lb test braided line (2-4 lb. test monofilament diameter).  For bait we used shiner minnows fished on the bottom with a 1/2 to 3/4 ounce bell sinkers…this effectively  held our live bait presentations in one place.   We caught a lot of the jumbo perch measuring 12-13.5 “.  Quite a few of the large perch were spitting up smelt and small gobies after being netted and unhooked.  In addition to the jumbo perch, we also landed many large sheepshead and a few white bass. We ended up keeping 49 jumbo perch up to 13.5 inches and many fish in between 11-13 inches. In addition we released 25-30 smaller sized perch as well, and with no wind or waves and a lot of warm sunshine, it was an incredible day to be on the water!!!”
This Lake Erie jumbo perch was longer than the tackle box....perfect size for the cooler!
This Lake Erie jumbo perch was longer than the tackle box….perfect size for the cooler!

If you like to target large panfish like jumbo perch, crappie, rock bass and bluegill, Rapala has an excellent rod in it’s F2 Ultralight Rods (Finesse two-piece) line as well as ultralight reels like the Rapala Halo Spinning Reel which both worm extremely well used with Sufix 832 braid in either 10 or 6 lb. test. 

 

Lake Erie jumbo perch ready to satisfy many fish-fry lovers!
Lake Erie jumbo perch ready to satisfy many fish-fry lovers!

If you love to eat fresh jumbo perch, Lake Erie has lot’s of them and you can catch them all season long!

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