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White Perch

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
8 inch minimum (total length)
Daily Limit / Person
Non-Tidal Waters: 50 panfish total (no more than 25 White Perch)

Tidal Waters: No Limit
Delaware Range
Statewide
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Abundant
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Although White Perch favor brackish waters of rivers, they are also found in many Delaware ponds.

They prefer to eat small fishes, grass shrimp, and marine worms.
General Description
White Perch have a completely silver body with a darker back and lighter colored belly.
Did You Know?
White Perch are a very abundant fish in the Delaware Bay estuary and can spend their entire lives there.

They are closely related to striped bass.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
White Perch can be caught with artificial flies, small spinners, and small jigs.

Popular natural baits include small minnows, grass shrimp, and bloodworms fished on small bottom rigs.
Typical Sizes Caught
White Perch are commonly caught in the range of 7 to 10 inches in length by Delaware anglers.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Live Release Award
Adult: 12 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 10 inches minimum

Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 1 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 0.75 pounds (12 ounces) minimum
Delaware State Record
2 pounds 9 ounces
Wayne Hastings
1997