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.
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.
Perch fishing can be absolutely brilliant on overcast days, with mild temperatures and a slowly falling barometric pressure. Additionally, if there are southern winds and a light drizzle present, chances are that you will catch a lot of perch. On the other hand, clear skies, high pressure, and colder temperatures are the worst conditions for perch.
While both European and yellow perch have rather similar appearances, they are nonetheless two different species of the genus Perca. The biggest difference between the two fish is their size, as Euro perch are much bigger than yellow perch.