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A group for sharing information and experiences with yellow perch growing and breeding.

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Perch Temperatures and Growth Rates

Started by Jeremiah Robinson. Last reply by John Stevenson Jan 15, 2016. 3 Replies

Hi there,I'm new to the group, but just put in a permit request for yellow perch.  I'm excited, and can't wait to have a fish fry next year.Anyhow, I tend to cycle different kinds of fish through my…Continue


Started by Leeroy Miller. Last reply by Jason N Jul 1, 2014. 8 Replies

Any success, hints, tips, or experience with Yellow Perch: mating habits, habitat/optimal conditions, spawning?Continue

Cohabitation traits

Started by txdurk. Last reply by Bill Bailey Apr 3, 2013. 8 Replies

Ideally, I would like to diversify a planned aquaponic tank of around 900 gallons with a mussel, a panfish, and a species of crayfish. I like the idea of the yellow perch since my family hates…Continue

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Comment by Blue Hiller on August 15, 2013 at 2:40pm
New 300 gal system in a 12x24 passive solar greenhouse in Downeast Maine. Local weather has me deciding between YP and Rainbow Trout. I'm leaning towards YP since they seem less aggressive and appear to be tasty! Just got off the phone with Maine Fisheries and they are cool with me keeping either, but there are no hatcheries that they (or I) know of in Maine for YP. They said I could get a fishing license and get them myself!
Comment by Tom OBrien on June 5, 2013 at 7:13pm

Mine were listed as 3-5", but it looks like we have a few outside the range on either end. I started by feeding them pellets I got from the hatchery, but I decided to mix in some smaller pellets and bloodworms to give the fish on the smaller end of the scale a chance. They may still end up feeding the bigger fish at some point, but so far they all seem much less aggressive with each other than the trout. I'm glad to hear your perch are doing well.

Comment by Keith Rowan on June 5, 2013 at 7:06am
what size did you get? i purchased 3" fingerlings (100+) last year and most are big enough to eat, females usually grow faster than males and you usually will have a few "shooters" (fastest growers)
i unintentionally induced spawning this spring by adding a heater when it got too cold for the tilapia that live with the yp..
what are you feeding?
Comment by Tom OBrien on June 4, 2013 at 8:39pm

Got my first batch of perch. They are tiny compared to the trout I had last time, but they seem to be doing well and eating eagerly. I had read that their growth slows after they start spawning. I'm hoping my indoor setup will keep them growing fast and postpone spawning since they will not have the seasonal cues like changes in temperature and daylight hours.

Comment by Bill Bailey on April 20, 2013 at 7:53pm

My experience with Yellow Perch is they are hungry Predators unless you get them already started on Pellets. My concern was that if they started on Pellets would they stay on Pellets. I Called Mich State Univ Aquaculture Dir. Dr. Weeks, and he said no they would stay on pellets, Good News. In our Pond when the Waters hit 62 to 68 Degrees F they will start to bed. They like rocks and gravel. When the female lays her eggs it is a ribbon off spawn. The males are almost always smaller then the females and they fertilize them. I think it is the female, but I don't remember for sure, stays with the nest and is very aggressive. We have Perch in every Fresh Water Lake around and in Michigan, includes all the Great Lakes. The Perch are getting very small here, a study showed it was family inbreeding, and they are fast becoming the new bait fish. Because of the size our Yellow Perch take 2 Yrs to get to maturity to spawn. There is a Hatchery in Iowa where the owner did some tests and he ID the families for breeding and he has bred them out to 16". And, they grow to maturity in the 1st yr so they will spawn the next spring.

Comment by Keith Rowan on October 10, 2012 at 7:59am

i put some yellow perch dissection pictures up on my system thread, thought i'd let the yp group know about them...

Comment by Keith Rowan on June 4, 2012 at 12:05pm

if you're going to the fishery, they'll probably have food available, get a small portion of it, in case what you find at a local mill is a different brand.. then when you start feeding, mix the two yp were taking pellets within 3 weeks from being seined from their hatching pond, oh, and mine eat floating pellets just fine

Comment by DJ Bisson Jr on June 3, 2012 at 10:13am
Thanks for the help, I'm supposed to get them by the end of next week, so I don't have much time. Thanks again.
Comment by Keith Rowan on June 3, 2012 at 10:01am

silvercup game fish food is another good choice for yp, i got it from a nearby feedmill.. i have about 100yp fingerlings, 23 yearlings, and 12 or so that are 2 years old.. all have grown well, so i'm not sure where the information about 1/3 not growing came from..

make sure you use high protein food (at least 42% protein)

Comment by Steve Federwisch on June 2, 2012 at 8:33pm

I use Aquamax 300 for Perch of that size. The carniverous variation and make sure it is sinking variety. Check the website for dealers near you but you may have to buy a 40# bag.


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