July 7, 2013

Allen Afield: Who fishes for perch? Well, most anybody should

By Ken Allen

(Continued from page 1)

White perch have catholic tastes and eat most anything that fits into their small mouths, but they key on insects, crustaceans and small baitfish.

Vic Dunaway, in his North American freshwater fish guidebook, calls them excellent as table fare, certainly close to or equal to walleye, and he suggests ultralight-spinning or fly-rod gear. In the latter category I prefer a 4-weight, 81/2-foot model for dead-drifting nymphs.

Now -- back to Duren. Here's a guy who grew up in the cradle of American fly fishing for trout, and he spent a May evening casting caddis emergers to white perch, which at the time he likened to trout because of the way they porpoised to his nymphs.

In addition to fun, the fish provided a delicious meal for Duren, his wife and two daughters.

That puts this fish in the category of having everything to recommend them to all groups of anglers -- from classic fly fishers to bait dunkers to hardware casters to trollers with bait and spinners.

Here's another point about white perch. The species ranges from North Carolina to Nova Scotia, but in Maine white perch lived close to the coast before settlers arrived from Europe and moved this species inland. Also, a persistent rumor claims that Native Americans moved them around in waters close to the coast before settlers arrived to spread the species inland.

In short, for centuries, lots of cultures appreciated the eating qualities of M. americanus, an American original.

Ken Allen, of Belgrade Lakes, a writer, editor and photographer, may be reached at:

KAllyn800@yahoo.com

 

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors




Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)


 

Blogs

More PPH Blogs

2014 Boston Marathon

 

High School Football 2013

Fall sports photos