Yellow Perch

The Yellow Perch is very unique with its long body, yellow sides, dark vertical bars and orange fins.

Yellow Perch Illustration by Duane Raver, Jr.
Season Open Year-Round
Size Limit No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person 50 panfish total (no more than 25 Yellow Perch)
Delaware Range Statewide
Abundance in Delaware Waters Abundant
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.
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 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 Length and Weight 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