0 - 3 pounds
7" - 19"
The White Perch is a small freshwater game fish. It is silvery in color with a dark, high-domed back. It has 3 anal spines and several spines in its dorsal fins. They are carnivorous and their diet consists of insects, squids, fish eggs, small crabs, and small fish.
This fish mainly thrives in brackish waters like estuaries but it can also live in freshwaters as well.
The white perch is a small fish with an average size of 7-10 inches and it usually weighs less than a pound. The biggest one ever caught was 19 inches and the heaviest was 3.48 lbs.
The fish can be found in several places in North America, scattered along the western Atlantic ocean. Their range is from Nova Scotia to South Carolina. They thrive in brackish waters so look for tributaries and estuaries to find one. Go check the Chesapeake Bay and Hudson river where they are most abundant. If you want to get adults, check open waters that are close to the shore.
Anglers have a higher chance of finding one catch during spring. From April to June, when the temperature hits 50-60°F, large schools of white perch will migrate to slightly brackish rivers with fine gravel or sand to spawn their eggs. A female can lay 20,000 to 300,000 eggs per spawn.