The eating qualities of yellow perch can be greatly improved if they are killed humanely by iki jime, or a firm knock to the head before being placed in an ice slurry after bleeding.
- Yellow perch are a typical perch shape, greenish to black dorsally with golden yellow coloured flanks intersected with several darker vertical bands that fade as they near the belly.
- The dorsal fin is olive/black, the pelvic fins are bright yellow or orange while the anal fin is a dirtier yellow-orange.
- This species occurs in freshwater rivers, lakes and impoundments throughout much of Northern America, including the Arctic drainages, Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins, south to South Carolina.
- This species is also found in brackish water and in salt lakes. It is most commonly found in clear water near vegetation.
Fish Size Common Length:
Common betwen 4-10 inches long. Maximum size around 18 inches long and 4 pounds.