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Yellow Perch in Alberta (Perca Flavescens)

Yellow Perch

Yellow Perch Identification

  1. golden yellow or green
  2. needle-like spines on the dorsal fins
  3. broad dark vertical bands on the sides

Yellow Perch Description

Yellow perch are popular amongst young anglers and are easily found throughout Alberta, with the exception of the Eastern Slopes where their presence is scattered. Despite their popularity, they threaten trout populations when they are illegally introduced to environments where they compete with trout.

Quick Facts About Yellow Perch

  • Zones: ES1, ES2, ES3, ES4 | PP1, PP2 | NB1, NB2, NB3, NB4
  • Diet: small organisms, insects, small fish
  • Habitat: weeds, shallows
  • Breeding: Spring
  • Alberta Record: 2lb 15.5oz
  • Life Span: 13 years