President’s Day Perch Success

After the great success on Friday and Saturday, I was excited to have a whole day to devote to perch fishing at one of my favorite reservoirs.  My friends Gabe and Kyle met me at the reservoir and we were on the ice and fishing by 7:30.  Within the first couple of minutes we were already getting fish to bite.  I ended up with the first perch of the day, a fatty around 12″.  Gabe started catching fish soon after as well and even hooked into his first large mouth bass.  Kyle forget something in the truck so he started a few minutes after us but as soon as he dropped his line he started getting into the fish as well.  The morning bite went like this for half an hour or so and then things started to slow down a little.  We continued to pick up a fish here and there and decided to go grab some lunch around noon.  We were back on the water by 2:00 and back in to the fish again almost immediately.  The fishing wasn’t fast and furious but it was good enough to keep us all entertained.  We continued to pick up perch and even a few bass here and there.  I also managed to pick up a couple of trout, both around 2.5 lbs and great fighters.  One of the trout hit the rod so hard it nearly fell down the hole.  Around 4:30 the bite really started to pick up again and we couldn’t keep them off the lines.  We had a couple of cameras down and could see that the school was traveling through on a regular basis.  At times it took the school over a minute to pass through.  This went on until it was too dark to see.  All together we ended up with over 40 perch, averaging 11″-12″ (1.25 lbs), a dozen bass, all around 12″, and a couple of nice trout.  We all kept a few perch for a meal and threw the rest back to get bigger and make a few more perch.  This was one of the best days of ice fishing I’ve ever had and was a great way to finish President’s day weekend.  Between Friday, Saturday, and Monday I caught more nice perch than I ever have before in such a small period of time.  It is great to see a healthy reservoir producing such great perch.

My Haul For The Day

Another Great Day On The Ice

Yesterday I decided to hit one of my favorite lakes to catch a few perch.  I arrived around 12:30 and started my search.  When I first put my camera down I immediately started seeing perch but they were all pretty small (2″-3″).  After not getting any nicer ones to come in I decided I try another spot that has produced well for me before.  I popped  a few more holes but there weren’t any fish to be found.  I continued moving until I finally got into a couple perch after two hours of not even a bite.  I thought I had found the school but after landing a couple little guys (6″-7″) and no more bites I decided to move again.  This move paid off and I started catching fish immediately.  The first couple were only 6″-7″ but the third  was a nice fat fish pushing 11″.  I decided to do a little “Ice Trolling” so I could keep up with the moving school and punched a dozen holes every 10-15 feet.  Over the next 3 hours I ended up with over 35, and a dozen or so that I would consider keepers.  Average size was around 6″ but I caught fish everywhere from 2″ to 11″.  One of the coolest parts of the day was watching a monster perch come in and completely swallow a smaller one.  The fish was at least a foot but he didn’t even look at my jig.  What started out as a slow day of fishing ended up one of the best days I’ve had all year!