Scientific name: Perca fluviatilis
Maximum weight: 3 kg
Length: Ranging up to 50cm!
Life span: 15 to 20 years
The pole is easily recognizable thanks to his dress green, striped black lines. From the same family as the pike perch, perch has the same dorsal fins, the first thorny and the second flexible.
Fishing the pole is often appreciated by ALLTIMEFISHING: it is a voracious fish living in schools and it is not uncommon to make nice fishing. The average size of the specimens is 20 to 30 cm, those approaching 50cm are more rare. Indeed, the boom is a fish that is very sensitive to pollution of the waters and unfortunately, facing the upheavals of biotopes, perch populations decrease greatly! In some areas the boom grows even more, it is the phenomenon of dwarfism (pollution, food shortages, disruption of the ecosystem)
The pole undergoes a slow growth by design! It feeds of virtually everything: the glass through the insect, frogs or small forage fish! Fishing pole is easy because it’s a very voracious and active fish often earning him his loss, also the biggest poles are able to tackle small perchettes! Often in the shadow of an obstacle, the bass attack in bench for small specimens, usually on basis of its prey by behind, the perch can hunt alone.
Breeding takes place in spring, between March and April, when the water reaches a temperature of 11 to 13 degrees. The female lays eggs on submerged branches or small roots, the eggs remain fixed Ribbon on it between 10 and 15 days, and meanwhile the eggs are prey to many predators like the Roach for example!
Growth of perch is very long, the first year the good specimens will take 10 cm but after growth will be 3-4 cm per year! Usually it takes about 8 years for a pole to reach the 30 to 35 cm…
There is no special regulation, no closure, no legal catch size for fishing pole .However please check with your AAPMA because in some departments a legal size may be implemented.
As I said above, the boom is a very sensitive to water pollution fish besides its presence can be a sign of good water quality. We saw also that no regulations were in place for the boom and as it is a fish often appreciated for its quality of high heat, the small specimens are very often taken!
With all its constraints perch populations decrease more and more in French waters and it is time to react until it was too late and that we can no longer fish perch.