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When do Yellow perch go on their spawning run

post #1 of 23
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in NJ ???



Pretty soon I think
post #2 of 23
I caught 2 yellows lat weekend thru the ice and both were ready to burst with eggs. I bet right after the ice melts...like this month.
post #3 of 23
I don't think it's that soon...I'd say mid april to may

right now they're probably active I'd think though, bulking up
post #4 of 23
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Originally Posted by Mantra View Post
I caught 2 yellows lat weekend thru the ice and both were ready to burst with eggs. I bet right after the ice melts...like this month.


really? I've only seen them spawn when there are a lot of weeds, and the water temp is higher
post #5 of 23
Yep - full. I was surprised because I figured most fish dont spawn till the temp is higher but they were both full. I kept 1 since I've never tried perch and she had a big roe sack in her full of eggs. That was the weekend of 2/28. Out of a north jersey lake.
post #6 of 23
big belly
525
post #7 of 23
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Best damned eatin fish in the world
post #8 of 23
I have to say it was tasty !!
post #9 of 23
Poor Man's Shrimp. Sure is hard to beat!
post #10 of 23
Life history: Yellow perch spawn in spring, April and May, when water temperatures are in the mid-40s to mid-50s. This is usually about a week after walleyes spawn. Yellow perch males, which are smaller than females, move into the spawning areas first. Selected spawning sites are five to 10 feet deep in inland lakes, and over aquatic vegetation, submerged brush or along sand or gravelly shorelines. Big female perch can produce up to 100,000 eggs, but most produce 15,000 to 25,000 eggs. Spawning occurs at night and early morning. The females are accompanied by several males, which swim alongside or behind them. The eggs are deposited in a unique form–a long, sticky gelatinous mass that drapes over underwater objects. The accordionlike transparent egg mass absorbs water rapidly after it is emitted and swells, sometimes reaching seven feet long and weighing up to two pounds. The egg mass is semi-buoyant and moves gently with water currents and waves. Bad weather may cause the egg mass to be torn up and washed onto land. Unlike the sunfishes, yellow perch parents do not remain to guard the nest, eggs or young.
Yellow perch eggs take eight to 25 days to hatch, or longer. The hatching time of these and other fish eggs depends on water temperature. Hatching takes longer in cool water, a shorter time in warmer water. Newly hatched yellow perch head for deep water, where they form free-swimming schools. After about a month, they return to shallower water, and like the adults, live near the bottom. Young perch feed on zooplankton and small aquatic insects, and in turn are food for larger predator fish. Small fish, including small perch, are mainstays of the adult perch’s diet. Adult perch also eat aquatic insects and crustaceans.
Yellow perch typically forage during daylight hours. They feed little or not at all at night. They are active all year long, including under the ice, making them a favorite with ice fishermen, who catch them on jigging rods and tip-ups. Minnows and jigs are popular perch-getters.
post #11 of 23
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I have to say it was tasty !!


So, you eat the fish that are full of eggs? Just curious.
post #12 of 23
Have nothing else to do ? Just curious.
post #13 of 23
Nope. Feel guilty?
post #14 of 23
Not at all.

Rock Bass, White Bass, White Perch,
Yellow Perch, Sunfish (see above for sunfish
exceptions), Bullheads, White Catfish,
Suckers, Carp, Bowfin
Open year round
Statewide (exceptions below) No minimum size 25 combined


(in my best nanny 911 voice) I know your mommy probably already told you but I'll tell you again since you seem to have a problem with social skills.

Once you're over 15 its time to behave like a big boy, you're not a baby anymore. I know its tough but give it a try. You may make more friends that way. (end nanny 911 voice)
post #15 of 23
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Nope. Feel guilty?


I like to take the fullest ones and aim their hole towards my mouth and give them a good squeeze...mmm caviar
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