Sacramento Perch

The Sacramento Perch is deep-bodied with long dorsal and anal fins. It’s mouth is large with numerous small teeth found on its jaws, tongue, and the roof of its mouth. Their scales are large and brown on its sides and top that creates a metallic greenish-purple shine. Its most identifiable feature is its irregular vertical bars.
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Archoplites interruptus
CLASSIFICATION
Fish
LIFE SPAN
4-6 Years
SIZE
3-17 ” | 0.5-5 lbs
STATE CONSERVATION STATUS
  • Unprotected
FEDERAL CONSERVATION STATUS
Not Evaluated
GAME STATUS
Game
  1. Washoe
  2. Humboldt
  3. Pershing
  4. Churchill
  5. Mineral
  6. Lyon
  7. Douglas
  8. Carson City
  9. Storey
  1. Elko
  2. Lander
  3. Eureka
  4. White Pine
  1. Esmeralda
  2. Nye
  3. Lincoln
  4. Clark

Habitat & Range

Sacramento Perch are native to waters draining into the San Francisco Bay of California. It has been introduced into selected Nevada waters with limited success. It currently occupies Pyramid Lake and Washoe Lake in northern Nevada.

Threats

  • Drought
  • Habitat Loss

Natural History

Sacramento Perch were originally found in Central Valley California, but the species has become more popular across the west. They have been introduced into Pyramid lake, Walker lake, and Lahontan waters. Color blackish above, with about seven vertical bars irregular in form and position. In some parts it is considered an endangered fish. Sacramento Perch is not a true perch, they are actually part of the Sunfish family. The special regulations in this water create a trophy fishery. The record is four pounds, nine ounces.