perch fishing
Samuel A. Minick

In late August and early September, fishing guide Brad Hawthorne gets serious about perch fishing on Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Lake. That’s when wolf packs of jumbo yellow perch snap up hatching insect larvae on mudflats 12 to 30 feet deep near rocky reefs.

Read the Hawthorne’s tips below and reference the image above.

perch fishing
Hack: Give ’em the slip. Some fishermen fare better by rigging a 1/4-ounce Slip Jig under a Thill balsa slip bobber. Samuel A. Minick

1. It’s a Breeze

Hawthorne “road hunts” for roaming perch. When his graph marks a school, he idles upwind and lets the breeze push him over the fish. He holds the boat directly above the school when it’s calm. If he doesn’t get a bite quickly, he moves on.

2. Snap To It

A 1⁄16 or 1/8-ounce Lindy Slick Jig dressed with a 2-inch fathead minnow dupes perch best. Hawthorne prefers the perch and shiner colors. Vertically snap the jig up 18 inches and let it fall on a slack line. Quiver the jig just above the bottom to induce a strike.

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