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Silver Perch

Duane Raver, Jr.
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean, Lower Delaware Bay and Inland Bays
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Uncommon - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Silver Perch prefer mud and sand bottoms of nearshore estuary waters.

They feed on small crabs, shrimps, marine worms, and fishes.
General Description
Silver Perch are predominantly silver with faint yellowish fins. Their bellies are a whitish color, and their backs may be gray.

Often confused with weakfish and Atlantic croaker, Silver Perch are typically smaller, lacking the two large canine teeth in upper jaw of the weakfish and the barbels on the chin of the Atlantic croaker.
Did You Know?
Though not recognized as a hard-hitting fish, sliver perch are strong and determined fighters for their size.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Silver Perch do not take to artificial lures well.

Small pieces of cut fish, clams, squid strips, shrimp, and blood worms on small hooks are good baits.
Typical Sizes Caught
Sliver perch are commonly caught in the range of 6 to 8 inches in length by anglers.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Silver Perch are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record
Silver Perch are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.