When fishing with a slip bobber rig, it’s best to use a monofilament mainline of 6 to 10lb. A braided mainline of around 6lb is your best choice when using small lures and jigs.
While most yellow perch will have an average size of 7 to 12 inches and 3 to 12 ounces, this panfish species can reach a maximum size of about 18 to 20 inches and 4 pounds. A trophy perch is a fish of at least 14 inches and 1.5lb in most waters.
When lure fishing or drop-shotting for perch, a size 1000 to 2000 spinning reel is your absolute best pick. For perch fishing with live bait on the float or bottom, you should instead use a size 2500 to 3000 spinning reel.
The very best live bait rigs for perch include the float rig for the upper and middle water levels, as well as the paternoster, running and maggot feeder rig for the lower water levels and for fishing directly on the bottom. You can present both baitfish, worms or maggots with these rigs.
Of course, there isn’t a guarantee for success, but many times, the tips contained in this article have landed me perch when the going was tough and I was close to giving up and heading home empty-handed.
Ledgering for perch is pretty simple; all you need is a simple running or paternoster rig with a fluorocarbon or thin wire trace and, depending on the size of the fish, a size 4 to 8 wide gape hook. The best baits for ledgered perch include live bleak, roach and rudd, as well as lobworms, prawns and maggots.