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Yellow Perch

Yellow Perch

Perca flavescens or Perch, Lake Perch, American Perch

DESCRIPTION - The oval shaped Yellow Perch is generally 4-10 inches long. The colouring varies with size and habitat but usually the back and head are a bright green to olive or golden brown; the sides are a yellow- green to yellow with the colour of the back extending down in about seven tapering bars. The colours of spawning males is more intense.

DISTRIBUTION - The Yellow Perch have an almost circumpolar distribution in the fresh waters of the northern hemisphere. In British Columbia they occur in the Pend Orielle, Kootenay and Okanagan watersheds.

BIOLOGY - This species spawns in the spring in the shallows of lakes and tributary rivers. The female Yellow Perch lays about 23 000 eggs which hatch 8-10 days later. This shallow water fish feeds on decapods and the eggs and young of a wide variety of fish.

RELATION TO MAN - The Yellow Perch is a popular commercial and sport fish caught by anglers using minnows, worms or cut fish as bait. The flesh is white, flaky and delicious.

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