5 WINTER PERCH FISHING TIPS
TRY A LURE IN CLEAR WATER
While the river levels are low and clear, lures can really come into their own. Try natural colours when the river is really clear, and brighter varieties when the water is much murkier.
Use the lightest quivertips you can get away with. Perch tend to drop the bait when they feel the slightest bit of resistance, and a light, fibreglass tip certainly reduces this from happening.
FIND DEEP WATER
Like most fish, perch will retreat into deeper water when it gets very cold. Use a plummet or bait dropper to find a hole in the river or lake – this is where the perch can be found.
POP-UP YOUR WORMS
Lobworm hookbaits are great for perch all year round, but give yours an edge this winter by injecting them with air via a needle and syringe. A poppedup worm gives off plenty of attraction and vibration.
GO FOR A SHELLFISH
Prawns, crayfish tails and mussels are excellent perch hookbaits. Try soaking them in Predator Plus or Krill liquid to give yourself an edge. These baits also work well on running water.