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The best lure for perch: how to use them?

The best lures for perch are selected on the water according to the feeding activity or lack thereof of the fish. The perch is a predator freshwater fish, which can be fished with lures using different fishing techniques. Before talking about the best surface lures, hardbaits, metal lures, and soft lures, we start by analyzing the fishing spot. Indeed, the big specimens are regularly caught in crowded places not far from the schools of baitfish (roach, bleak). Apart from the feeding frenzy during the feeding season, drop shot fishing allows you to locate the best perch areas. It is used in slow linear to cover large areas in search of bigger fish. In this respect, jig heads and soft shad lures offer the best combo for an active, fast, linear retrieve. The stalking of the big perch is often done at a better time, conducive to its fishing (season and water temperature). Catching perch is certainly the easiest and most fun predatory fish to seek. It requires light and simple tackle like bass fishing but without the complexity of pike fishing, leaders and pikes lures. You can fish quickly with simple techniques, let's find out more.

Fishing for perch with the best soft lures

First of all, we start the search with a soft lure paddle tail shad, the most versatile soft lure to find the active fish. In order to be optimal in our search for perch, we alternate linear retrieve in different depths. We complete this retrieve by hitting and dragging the bottom while stroking the bait up in the water column then letting sink back down.  We then reel the excess of line with the reel while watching the line to detect a bite that can occur at any time. The drop shot is static, by shaking the rod tip, and great around sunken wood. A drop shot can also be retrieved to probe mid-depth water in search of suspended fish.
We select small-size lures that do not interest perch only!

This is especially true in the summer when the water temperature is warm. In summer the perch finds an abundance of food with the balls of fry of the year, which are seemingly everywhere. Conversely, to choose the best soft lures for perch, in winter we use larger baits of 5 to 6 inches. Finally, a Texas rig in the cover is always the most logical choice, it is on these areas that the largest perch, solitary, are hiding.

The best hard lures for perch

To begin with, the jerkbait minnow is one of the best lures for fast fishing for perch. There are different densities; floating, suspending, or sinking, we select the density for its natural side in clear water.


How to use a jerkbait minnow ?

* Linear retrieve, selecting suspending or sinking models to access the different depths.
*Stop and Go: linear retrieve punctuated by pauses of varying length depending on the water temperature and the activity, or lack thereof of the fish.
* Twitch or twitching, short strokes of 5 to 10 cm, makes the lure lurch like a prey in agony.
* Jerk or jerking, wide strokes from 40 cm to 1 meter, make the lure jump forward widely.


A complement to the jerkbait minnow is the longbill minnow, which is ideal to flush out the big perch of deep ledges. There is also a round lure with a fat shape, with lips of different lengths and shapes. The crankbait allows you to fish deep cover without getting stuck. Its floating density allows it to float back to the surface avoiding the obstacles. We choose an assortment of the best crankbaits with some silent models perfect for fishing in areas with high fishing pressure. A lipless crankbait or vibrating lure is excellent for vertical or linear fishing at a long distance for fast search mode. Finally, among the best lures for perch, the vibrating blade offers a silent vibrating lure perfect for difficult fish.

Where to fish for perch ?

To begin with, perch is a predator fish that is particularly fond of heavy cover. It is a fish that lives and hunts in schools for small to medium-sized fish (10 to 33 cm). The big perch, are around 40 / 50 cm. These solitary specimens are fished in open water, in pelagic, in summer. The rest of the year these big fish are close to baitfish. Deadwood is a good place for perch, better fished with a Texas rig to avoid getting snagged.


For better accuracy, it is a great advantage to approach these spots from any kind of watercraft, boat, float tube, or kayak. The big perch are wary, a poor presentation would lead to a systematic failure. For summer fishing, all areas likely to provide oxygen are the first choice for perch. Priority is given to spillways, downstream of dams (outside the prohibited fishing zone), and tributary arrivals. In conclusion, finding the best lure for perch would be a big fail if you use it in the wrong place at the wrong time.