Yellow Perch


Other Common Names:

American perch, bandit fish, calico bass, convict, coon perch, coontail, Eisenhower, jack perch, lake perch, raccoon perch, red perch, redfin, redfin trout, ring-tail perch, ringed perch, river perch, sand perch, striped perch


Scientific Name:

Perca flavescens



Feeds on small fish and insects



Prefers clear lakes with abundant aquatic vegetation



Average length is 5 to 9 inches



Sides bright yellow to brassy green with 7 dark vertical bars; lighter belly and dark olive green back


Photo & text courtesy of:

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Iowa Fish and Fishing by James R. Harlan and Everett B. Speaker with James Mayhew; color illustrations by Maynard F. Reece

Fishes of Wisconsin by George C. Becker

Fishes of Indiana published by Indiana Department of Conservation, Division of Fish and Game (1964)


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