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Old 06-17-2011, 09:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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While I was off this week I took a little road trip to fish some new spots. One of those places was Lake Tansi near Crossville. I had never caught any yellow perch, so I went there to give it a try. The Lord blessed me with several including these four from 8 to 11 inches. The 11 incher is just big enough for a TARP award. The best part was I just eat them for supper.



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Old 06-17-2011, 10:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have heard from my family up north that those perch and walleyes are probably the best fish you can eat. I have never caught any so I don't know. Only fish I've ate is crappie and bluegill.
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Way to go Paul.......hate I missed the fry
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History lesson 101,, Yellow perch are smaller than most , but is "THE FISH" in Chicago on friday night. One footnote--The game & fish Commissions around Lake Michigan had a problem with alewives, so they stocked coho salmon by the millions, thinking???? that the coho would eat the alewives.. They did... Then they started eating the yellow perch !! Another example of poor trials before stocking exotics. Now, the locals there are up in arms, the perch are now hard to get, whereas, before the coho, you could stand on the bank & catch as many as you wanted. ( I see that here in Tenn with the stocking of Rockfish, trout, etc) But, back to yellow perch--- They are in lots of lakes around here. Tellico, Ft. Loudon, Melton Hill & some rivers such as the Clinch around Clinton. A"JUMBO" perch might only be 12" long. Maybe thats why some fishermen toss them back, thinking they are too small. But they clean easier than most fish, taste ALMOST as good as crappie, and you can catch as many as you can clean. Catching them usually means putting on a minnow and fishing on the bottom in 20 feet of water, moving slow.. Enough history for once.. Even in hot or cold weather, perch will bite, so good fishing!! dada 6-18-118"25AM
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History lesson 101,, Yellow perch are smaller than most , but is "THE FISH" in Chicago on friday night. One footnote--The game & fish Commissions around Lake Michigan had a problem with alewives, so they stocked coho salmon by the millions, thinking???? that the coho would eat the alewives.. They did... Then they started eating the yellow perch !! Another example of poor trials before stocking exotics. Now, the locals there are up in arms, the perch are now hard to get, whereas, before the coho, you could stand on the bank & catch as many as you wanted. ( I see that here in Tenn with the stocking of Rockfish, trout, etc) But, back to yellow perch--- They are in lots of lakes around here. Tellico, Ft. Loudon, Melton Hill & some rivers such as the Clinch around Clinton. A"JUMBO" perch might only be 12" long. Maybe thats why some fishermen toss them back, thinking they are too small. But they clean easier than most fish, taste ALMOST as good as crappie, and you can catch as many as you can clean. Catching them usually means putting on a minnow and fishing on the bottom in 20 feet of water, moving slow.. Enough history for once.. Even in hot or cold weather, perch will bite, so good fishing!! dada 6-18-11 8"25AM
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For a frying pan fish those little yellow devils are hard to beat. We took a vacation to New England last year and while fishing with my grandfather for a couple of days in CT Shell caught a couple of them. They were coated and fried and everyone went nuts over 'em.
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During the 1970's I had fishing friend in Michigan. I would go every winter and we would ice fish primarily for Perch. I would bring back a cooler full frozen and iced down for the trip.One of the best eating fish that swims. I have caught a couple while trout fishing below the wear on the Clinch. They must be getting fairly wide spread at Melton Hill. F2w
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Dada you are right about lake michigan perch fishing back in the day i would go out there with my dad and we would load the boat with perch did it year after year. Then came the coho you could spend 10 hours out there and be lucky if you catch ten of em. Then the zebra muscles then the gobbies now the asian carp where is that lake going . There is really good smallie fishen though.....
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history lesson 102- it was'nt the coho that hurt the perch the most, it was the gill-netters. i still do very well on perch when i'm not in tenn. not like the good old days,but still good eating. coho mainly target alewives, but big fish do eat little fish.
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