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Colorado Fish Species

Arctic Char
Arctic Grayling
Bigmouth Buffalo
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Bluehead sucker
Bonytail Chub
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Colorado Pikeminnow
Colorado River Cutthroat
Common Carp
Creek Chub
Cutbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Emerald Shiner
Flannelmouth Sucker
Flathead Catfish
Flathead Chub
Freshwater Drum
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Golden Trout
Grass Carp
Green Sunfish
Greenback Cutthroat
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Lake Chub
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Sucker
Mountain Whitefish
Northern Pike
Orangespotted Sunfish
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
River Carpsucker
Roundtail Chub
Sacramento Perch
Smallmouth Bass
Snake River Cutthroat
Spottail Shiner
Spotted Bass
Striped Bass
Sunfish (Bream)
Tiger Muskie
Tiger Trout
White Bass
White Crappie
White Sucker
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch
Yellowstone Cutthroat

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Yellow Perch
Yellow perch are generally brassy green to golden yellow on their sides.  They typically have 6-8 dark vertical bands found across their back and sides and the belly is off-white to pale yellow. The lower fins are reddish to orange. The dorsal fin is divided into a spiny portion and a separate soft-rayed portion. The mouth is terminal and large. While perch seldom exceed 12-14 inches, they are popular with many anglers due to their outstanding eating quality. Yellow perch can reach 18 inches.
Perch prefer relatively shallow near-shore areas in lakes with moderate amounts of vegetation that provide cover, food, and protection.  They rarely are caught in water deeper than 30 feet. Adults feed on insect larvae, crustaceans, and small fish. First year fish typically feed on zooplankton.  Sexual maturity is reach in 2-3 years, and perch can live for a decade or so.
Perch are a schooling fish, and remain active all winter, providing ice fisherman great sport.  Water temperature preference is 66-70 degrees.
Spawning occurs in early spring in shallow water.  The female lays her eggs in long gelatinous strands over vegetation, where they usually hang. The eggs hatch 11-27 days after fertilization, depending on water temperature.  Prolific spawners, a 2-3 year old female can lay upwards of a 100,000 eggs.
Most Recent Yellow Perch Forum Posts
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Master Angler Perch on the fly! 04.30.22 by Troutbisquits
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Yellow Perch Articles, Blogs, & Podcasts
Blog: Anti-Troutite, not really 03.14.21 by Jeff Wagner
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Blog: Fresh Water Drum 07.27.15 by David Coulson
Blog: Kids fishing 06.25.15 by Rob Stout
Blog: Day Two Fishing Staycation 06.22.15 by David Coulson
Blog: Fifteen, But Who’s Counting? – Oh, I Am! 10.17.14 by David Coulson
Blog: Lov'n Fall 09.26.14 by David Coulson
Blog: Jennifer's first ice fishing trip 12.28.13 by David Coulson
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