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#96615 09/08/07 10:27 PM
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Hi, I am thinking about adding yellow perch to my ponds, I live in Illinois across the Mississippi river from St. Louis. I have a good crop of bluegill for forage but I think yellow perch would be fun to catch for the grandkids. Can they take over a pond if there is a good bass population. I have a few walleye in the pond also.


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Howdy and welcome, Byron

Per Dr. Perca (Wild Bill Cody), if you are talking LMB, YP will probably need periodic restocking in order to maintain a long term presence. If you mean SMB (or HSB, I believe), YP numbers would have to be watched and may need manual adjusting to keep under control.

He also says YP are the shape of forage that Walleye prefer.

On an aside: I have never been to Alaska - the biggest mosquitoes I have ever seen were in East St. Louis.


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"Dr. Perca" also says that if you are stocking yellow perch into a pond with mature LMB (13"-16") and you expect the YP to survive more than year, one should stock at least 8" YP and better yet 9"-10" YP are even more likely to survive long enough to reproduce. 6"to 8" YP are very expensive bass food. Someone should please post the photo from Dr.Dave's PBoss article (Mar-Apr07) showing a 13"-14" LMB with an 7"-8" perch down its throat. I wish I had a copy of that photo; very educational indeed.

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