Perch Fishing on Wabigoon Lake, Ontario


Perch are the most common species of fish in Ontario and there are hoards of them in Wabigoon Lake and Dinorwic Lake. Even though Perch are not considered a game fish they are highly prized by our guests because not only do they taste fantastic, you can bring 50 home with you with a sport license for the big fish fry. Perch are everywhere and can reach the size of what people refer to as Jumbo Perch. You just need to anchor off a weed bed and drop your line straight down with a small hook and a tiny piece of worm and you can fill a bucket with them in an afternoon. While Perch fishing; you will also catch Walleye, Crappie and Smallmouth Bass.

Most of the Perch you will catch will be 9 to 11 inches. Usually when a Perch reach 12 inches it the fish gets thicker rather than longer. Some of the Perch caught in our lakes have been over 1-1/2 pounds. Terry has caught, photographed and released an 18.5" perch! They do get to be a surprising size.

Perch Fishing Tips:

Fishing in the weeds with a piece of night crawler or small minnow is the preferred method on our body of water.

Trolling a light line and sinker with a long worm harness is also very popular. In this case, you want your line back a long way from the boat as you will be trolling over a weed bed and the perch will be feeding along the top of it. Our Perch population is plentiful and they do get to be 10" - 14" range frequently. Periodically guests have caught 16" - 18" perch and that certainly puts a huge smile on their face!

You will catch some of your largest perch while fishing for Walleye and Smallmouth Bass.