Yellow Perch

Rich yellow to brassy-green with 6 to 8 dark vertical bars on the sides. Dark green back. No “canine” teeth. The belly is whitish. The dorsal fin has two sections, the front one contains 12 to 14 sharp spines and the rear 12 to 13 soft rays.
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Perca flavescens
CLASSIFICATION
Fish
LIFE SPAN
8-12 Years
SIZE
4-14 ” | 0.25-2 lbs
STATE CONSERVATION STATUS
  • Unprotected
FEDERAL CONSERVATION STATUS
Least Concern
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

Yellow Perch are native to the eastern portion of North America east of the Mississippi River but have been introduced extensively throughout the continent. Found in the lower Humboldt River system, Rye Patch Reservoir, and Wildhorse Reservoir. It can be found in a myriad of stillwater ponds, lakes and reservoirs.

Threats

  • Birds
  • Larger Fish

Natural History

A schooling fish, Yellow Perch are not the strongest swimmers or quickest to accelerate. Schooling provides predator protection for the younger and older fish alike. Unusually found in schools containing 50-200 fish, they swim in a spindle formation that is seemingly arranged by size and age. Females and males are frequently found in separate schools. Yellow Perch are active in the day and light levels can be an important factor for their activity.