Size doesn’t always matter

The Perch is fast becoming a very popular Species to fish for. In the UK over the last few years, the Perch population as a whole has vastly increased in size. Therefore catching the eye of the specimen hunter. There are certainly many different ways of how to catch a Perch, but lure fishing for them has got to be one of the most exciting and enjoyable ways. Here are a few of my Perch fishing tips and tricks to hopefully help you put a few more on the bank. Drop shotting is also very popular nowadays and I will cover this topic more in depth at a later date.



My first tip would be to make sure you cover some ground. If the Fish aren’t there you are not going to catch them. Perch, in general, like to shoal up. Find the shoals, you’re in with a chance of catching some Fish. Be prepared to walk around a bit and don’t get lazy and wait for them to come to you.

Perch love snags and structures, Always look out for fallen branches, overhanging bushes, concrete structures reed beds etc. They will quite often be hiding away tight in the undergrowth. So when casting it is worth getting the lure right up to the snag/structure, in order to entice the Fish out.


A photo of a river with an inlet pipe.

Typical Perch swim with an inlet pipe and reed beds.

Perch generally don’t like bright conditions, they feel vulnerable due to being in full view, dusk and dawn will usually produce more bites. Overcast days are also good conditions for Perch fishing.

If fishing on the canal or certain rivers that allow boats, Perch tend to hang about underneath them where they will feel safe and ready to ambush any prey. In the colder months the barges that are lived on will be letting off some heat into the water, therefore enticing the bait fish to congregate there. so it’s always worth a cast near a moored boat or barge.

If lures are not working on the day, it’s always worth trying Worms, prawns, caster and red maggots. Although there are lots of baits that will catch them, these to me are my favourite ones.


Drop shotting has become very popular the last few years, most tackle shops now sell drop shotting gear and is well worth a try. You can even buy drop shotting rigs already made up.

Wayne Shepard with his 3lb 11oz perch on a Flash j

It is always worth looking out for bait fish. If you can find the bait fish you will almost certainly find the predators. If possible cast just to the side of all the commotion.

If you are inexperienced at handling Perch, take a damp rag with you, their spines can be a bit sharp. The chances are you won’t need it, but it’s definitely handy to have if you are teaching kids to Perch fish. The last thing you want to do is drop the Fish.


Make sure you take the appropriate unhooking utensils with you, Perch are notorious for swallowing the hook deep in their throat. Have a disgorger (if you’re bait fishing) and forceps at hand.

Barbless or semi barbless hooks are advisable due to the fact they tend to swallow the hook so deep. Barbless or micro barb for bait fishing. And barbless or semi barbed for lures.

Listed below are five types of Spinners worth a cast when trying to catch a Perch.




Categories: Tips and advice


Jared · December 8, 2017 at 8:33 am

I am off to the river this weekend and hoping to add a perch to my species list as I have not landed one yet. You have provided some valuable information in this post that I will be using to my advantage, thank you for that.. Conditions unfortunately show that it might be raining this weekend, so how do perch react to these conditions?

    Stuart Bowler · December 9, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Rain is good mate low pressure and overcast is best conditions, just don’t forget your waterproofs. ;0)

Andrew Bromley · December 8, 2017 at 8:38 am

Finding a decent site for fishing these days is not easy but yours certainly looks alluring.I am not an expert in the field but i have some friends that go fishing regularly. Some of them have mentioned catching a perch but i was not sure what they were talking about so i did some research and found your post.When i see my friends again i will recommend they read your post as you seem quite proficient at the game.

    Stuart Bowler · December 9, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks mate, much appreciated.

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