Perch fishing in spring
For most beginners in fishing, the perch is the first fish they catch. Here the motto “Catching perch is not difficult – but big perch is very” fits. This is true because many other fish species have the same habits and are therefore easy prey. Larger perch, on the other hand, are extremely mobile and are distributed in completely different areas of the water, so you have to be very flexible.
In principle, however, perch can be successfully fished at any time of the year, because perch season is almost all year round and they can be found in almost every body of water.
Behaviour of perch in spring
Actually fishing for perch in spring can be quite easy, after all the predators usually go hunting in shoals and are therefore particularly good in large groups. But in slightly larger waters they can spread out better and are not so easy to spot. Moreover, at this time of year they are focused on spawning. However, they go in search of food immediately after spawning time. After the long “hibernation”, the energy stores have to be replenished accordingly and the perch swim around in large shoals in search of suitable food. During no other season do these freshwater fish eat as much in a short time as in spring.
Which lures are best suited for spring perch fishing?
There are many different types of bait that are good for catching perch; the choice is endless: anglers can use either worms, maggots or bait fish, as well as spinners, plugs and rubber baits. But be careful: not every bait is equally suitable for all seasons! The perch’s prey pattern changes according to the season and thus also its targeted hunting behaviour. In spring it is still quite cool, which is why the choice of bait is best to use the dive worm or rubber bait.
Which colours work well in spring?
Many anglers wonder which color of rubber fish works best in spring. It’s important to know that colors fade quickly under water, as up to 25 percent of the light is absorbed by the water surface. The colours yellow, green and blue are therefore particularly suitable – these are still clearly visible even in deeper waters.
Biting times of perch in spring
In spring there are different biting times of perch. From January to March these fish are easy to catch, but this is more by pure chance. Sometimes of course the luck of the angler plays a role. From April the perch become more and more lively and active, which makes a catch much more likely. At this time the perch are well caught. From May and then into the summer months the perch are extremely active and a trip to perch fishing can end very successfully.
Spring locations: Where are the perch?
The eating and living habits as well as the locations of fish change several times a year with falling and rising temperatures. In spring it is still relatively cool and this means that the perch are mainly found in the deeper zones of a water body. However, there are already some that are near the shore.
The ideal perch site consists of the following conditions: In spring, the perch spend most of their time in murky waters. This provides additional protection. The site should also be sufficiently sheltered from the wind. A hard surface is also preferred by the perch, as this is also perfectly suited for breeding. Above all, there must be a good shelter nearby so that the fish can retreat sufficiently. As soon as a number of these conditions are met, the probability of a good perch catch in spring increases. The more factors that apply to the zone in question, the more successful perch fishing will be at this time of year.