6560 W. Houghton Lake Dr.
Houghton Lake, MI 48629

Lyman's on the Lake

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Yellow Perch are perhaps the most frequently caught sport fish in Michigan. They are found throughout the state, there is no closed season or size limit, and they are very tasty.
The limit on Perch is a quantity of 50.
There is NO size restriction.


Perch are school-running fish, and you should drift or troll and try various places and depths of water until you begin to catch them. Many anglers say you should fish from 10-20 feet deep to take the bigger perch, and your hook should be held only a foot or so off the bottom. Spring and fall, perch favor shallow water (4 to 8 feet deep) and will bite all day long. During the rest of the year they are found in deeper water and bite best in morning and evening. They do not normally feed at night.


Preferred tackle includes a sinker placed on the bottom end of the line and two hooks just above, spaced about 18 inches apart. Two- to 10-pound test monofilament is standard, and hooks should be No. 6 to No. 8. Minnows 1 to 3 inches long and very small crayfish (or pieces of crayfish tail) are preferred bait, but worms, nightcrawlers, grasshoppers, crickets, and wigglers are also good at times.

Perch do not normally take flies or artificial lures, although small spinners are sometimes attached ahead of natural bait to attract these fish. Long lines on cane poles are often awkward for deeper water, so spinning gear may be preferred.

If you don't catch any fish in 10 to 15 minutes, move. If catching only small perch, move or fish deeper. Perch can be very delicate biters, so watch closely, set the hook firmly, and keep a steady pressure on the line as you pull them in. Worthwhile keepers average 7 to 10 inches in length. Jumbos, common in the Great Lakes, will run from 12 to 15 inches.