Perch fishing in winter
Perches are a special treat in winter. Because they become sluggish and move less. Therefore their scales are intact and shiny. Moreover, they have already started to replenish their reserves for the spawning season in spring and are fat and well nourished. But how and above all where can the perch be caught in winter?
Behaviour of the perch in winter
Even though the perch become quite sluggish in winter, one thing has not changed: Their incomparable hunger. They continue to hunt and eat supplies for the upcoming spawning season. Nevertheless, the perch also tries to save as much energy as possible in winter. That’s why the perch stay in areas where, on the one hand, oxygen conditions are optimal and, on the other, currents mean that not too much energy has to be used for movement. Also, greed and food envy are not as high as in summer. As a result, the perch will observe what they eat much more closely, which makes more targeted bait selection necessary.
Which baits are best for perch fishing in winter?
In winter, when fishing for perch, it is important to orientate yourself as much as possible towards the naturally occurring food fish. Both size and colour must be taken into account. But a look inside a perch can also be worth its weight in gold. After all, perch often feed on crayfish and other creatures in winter. In this case, corresponding imitations can result in a veritable flood of bites. Rubber fish are excellent for fishing in deep places, and shallower stretches of water can also be fished with plugs, spoons and spinners. Lure handling should be done as slowly and patiently as possible in winter.
Which colours work well in winter?
In winter natural colours of baits are particularly suitable. Brown colours are a real hit with rubber fish. Depending on which food is particularly popular with perch, glitter inclusions can also make the difference. The natural colours and patterns are also preferred for hardbaits in winter. Only in rare cases with particularly turbid water can strong colours make the difference.
Bite times of perch in winter
In winter the perch have hardly any preferred bite time. Although they are still particularly active at dusk, they are also constantly hunting during the day. However, they are never as active as they are in spring and summer, which is why the differences between day, night and twilight are only slight.
Pitches in winter: Where are the perches?
In winter, perch are found where they need the least energy for their daily routine and hunting. In stagnant waters these are usually deeper places, just above the bottom. In flowing waters, the edges and banks are usually excellent places. But also smaller tributaries or in the vicinity of bridges often find large schools of perch in winter. But also harbour or canal entrances can be real perch hotspots.