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Perch

Perches include several game fish, such as walleye, sauger and yellow perch, and many species of small, often brightly-colored, stream-dwelling fish collectively known as darters. All are similar in appearance, except for their size. They have spiny and ray-fin dorsal fins; the initial elements in their anal fins are also spines; scales are rough to the touch and their bodies are almost completely scaled. Perches are north temperate fishes found in Asia, Europe and North America. Darters, however, are strictly North American. Walleye, sauger and yellow perch are primarily lake-dwelling fish that also occur in larger streams. Darters are associated with streams, but are found in ponds and lakes on occasion, and many of the species have relatively small native ranges. They are found throughout New York, and both the game fish and some of the darters have been stocked outside of their native ranges. However, all 21 species present in the state are native to at least one drainage in the state. Many of the darters are rare, and some are protected. Sauger has declined in the last several decades, and blue pike, once commercially important, is likely extinct.

Fishing locations for Perch

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Black Lake

Black Lake ranks as the county’s top warm water lake. This water has received national... Read More

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Cranberry Lake

LOCATED IN WESTERN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY, THE CRANBERRY LAKE AREA WAS THE LAST SECTION OF NEW YORK... Read More

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Grasse River

The Grasse River, a tributary of the St. Lawrence River, is located entirely in St. Lawrence... Read More

Blue Gill/Sun Fish Catfish/Bullhead Crappies Largemouth Bass Muskellunge Northern Pike Perch Pumpkinseeds Rock Bass Smallmouth Bass Trout Walleyes

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Horseshoe Lake

HORSESHOE LAKE IS THE COUNTY’S DESTINATION FOR TIGER MUSKELLUNGE. Nearly 9,000 tigers have been... Read More

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Indian River

The Indian River originates in a neighboring county, but a portion of its water flows through St.... Read More

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Norwood Pond

Norwood Pond is a Raquette River reservoir located on the southwest side of the village of... Read More

Blue Gill/Sun Fish Crappies Northern Pike Perch Pumpkinseeds Rock Bass Smallmouth Bass Walleyes

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Raquette River

The Upper Raquette River has good bass fishing and fair angling for pike and walleye, but this... Read More

Blue Gill/Sun Fish Crappies Muskellunge Northern Pike Perch Pumpkinseeds Rock Bass Walleyes

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Raquette River Reservoirs

The construction of hydroelectric dams on the Raquette River created a series of eight reservoirs... Read More

Blue Gill/Sun Fish Catfish/Bullhead Crappies Largemouth Bass Muskellunge Northern Pike Perch Pumpkinseeds Rock Bass Smallmouth Bass Trout Walleyes

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St. Lawrence River

The St. Lawrence River is famous for smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike and... Read More

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St. Regis River

The St. Regis River originates in a neighboring county, but a portion of its water flows through... Read More

Blue Gill/Sun Fish Crappies Muskellunge Northern Pike Perch Pumpkinseeds Rock Bass Trout Walleyes

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Tooley Pond

Tooley Pond was acquired as part of the Champion International Purchase. This 46-acre pond has a... Read More

Blue Gill/Sun Fish Crappies Largemouth Bass Perch Pumpkinseeds Rock Bass

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Trout Lakes

Lake OzoniaSPECIAL REGULATIONS ALLOW FOR YEAR-ROUND ANGLING ON LAKE OZONIA. Lake Ozonia is... Read More

Blue Gill/Sun Fish Crappies Largemouth Bass Perch Pumpkinseeds Rock Bass Salmon Smallmouth Bass Trout

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Yellow, Grasse, and Pleasant Lakes

Yellow, Grasse, and Pleasant lakes are part of the Indian River Lakes system. With a maximum... Read More

Blue Gill/Sun Fish Crappies Largemouth Bass Northern Pike Perch Pumpkinseeds Rock Bass Smallmouth Bass Walleyes