Although yellow perch are the basis of a huge sport fishery in the midwest, most Maine anglers ignore these tasty panfish. Many lakes in southern and central Maine have yellow perch. Yellow perch are school fish, with year-classes staying together. Perch are easily taken on worms and small minnows. Ultralight spinning gear is preferred for open water fishing, and small metal jigs are used during the winter. Yellow perch bite well through the ice. Cooked, their flesh is white, flaky, and sweet.
Yellow perch spawn in late April, depositing their eggs on brush or blowdowns along the edges of ponds and lakes.