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Yellow Perch

Duane Raver, Jr.
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
50 panfish total (no more than 25 Yellow Perch)
Delaware Range
Abundance in Delaware Waters
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Yellow Perch is a cool-water species and is most abundant in the open water of rivers and some ponds.

They feed on aquatic insects, crayfish, fish eggs, and small fishes.
General Description
The Yellow Perch is very unique with its long body, yellow sides, dark vertical bars and orange fins.
Did You Know?
Yellow Perch often congregate in large schools. They are poor swimmers. As a result, they swim in schools of 25 to 200 fish to protect themselves from predators.

Sometimes schools of Yellow Perch are separated into male and female schools.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Yellow Perch can be caught with small spinners and small jigs.

Live bait often includes meal worms, worms, and small minnows.
Typical Sizes Caught
Yellow Perch are commonly caught in the range of 8 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 11 ounces
Marvin Kessinger