Yellow perch have a golden yellow body, with 6-8 dark vertical bands from back to belly. Two dorsal fins. Bright orange anal and pectoral fins. Up to 5 pounds, but typically less than 1 pound.
Prefers cool water. Moves in schools. Spawns in backwaters near vegetation in spring, when water reaches 44-54 degrees.
Eats small fish, small crayfish, and aquatic insects. Use small jigs, grubs, and worms. Use light tackle and set hook quickly.
Excellent pan fish for eating (some say better than trout). Skin and fry whole.