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Old 03-20-2005, 03:01 PM
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I have found a lake in Cobb County that has Yellow Perch in it. Has anyone ever heard of these in Georgia? I hear they are good eating. Would they still be safe to eat from a unique environment like this?
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Old 03-20-2005, 03:10 PM
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Go up to Lake Burton, Seed or Rabun. That is where the Stat's records come from if I am not mistaken. Not many fish for them like they do up north. They are boney but great to eat.
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Old 03-20-2005, 03:20 PM
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they are not any bonier than any other fish like a small white bass or something. i've caught some good sized ones at the hill on herring. you can get some nice little fillets out of a little 10 or 11 inch yellow perch. great to eat.
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Old 03-20-2005, 04:48 PM
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mark,
i have caught some at Jackson Lake, although I have never eaten any. I have heard that they are real good eating.
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Old 03-20-2005, 05:22 PM
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Thanks for the replies. I had never seen a yellow perch till' a couple of months ago. I was working on a porch at a house on about a 50 acre lake and one of the other guys was telling me about this yellow/orange fish in the lake. I thought he was full of it untill he came walking up with one on the hook. I was watching fishing this morning at the fire station and saw one on tv. They are not even listed on the GA DNR webpage as a native fish.
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Old 03-20-2005, 06:49 PM
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If you should catch one over 2 and a half pounds -- be sure to have it weighed and verified.

Might qualify for a lake record.
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Old 03-20-2005, 07:52 PM
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There are some in West Point. We have caught two this year upriver on crappie jigs. They are the first we have caught in many years.
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Old 03-21-2005, 12:26 AM
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We used to catch them thru the ice in Mi on minnows,They are in the walayi family and to me there is no better eating,I Caught 1 in Jackson last year it was the first 1 that iev caught here in Ga.In Michigan they spawn right after the ice comes off the lakes so they should be here to but it mite be over here in Ga.
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Old 03-21-2005, 06:44 AM
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Default I have caugt them in the Hooch near Roswell

and they are deeeeelicious.

I caught mine on mepps spinners in deep water. They can provide you with a lot of action when they are on.
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Old 03-21-2005, 07:58 AM
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I caught one at Sinclair a few weeks ago, first time there for me.
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Old 03-21-2005, 09:41 AM
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I've caught quite a few of them over the years in Georgia- mostly off of minnows when crappie fishing. We also catch a good many up at our cabin at Lake Burton when bream fishing with worms. In fact, the state record came from Lake Burton- about 2 1/2 pounds I believe.
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We used to catch some yellow perch at Clark Hill while fishing for crappie with minnows over tree tops and sunken brush piles. I agree they are somewhat boney but we would keep the ones big enough to eat. They fry up good. Makes me hungry thinking about it!!
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Old 03-21-2005, 10:54 AM
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I used to talk to an older gentleman who grew up on the Hootch before the dam was built..he fished ONLY for perch..used a 1/8 oz blue beetle spin..and did pretty well on them and some nice trout with that lure. I used to help help him launch and recover his jon boat near the Rogers Bridge area...there is better fishing for perch near the Roswell area IMO. I've caught them up and down the river over the years but I've never really targeted them, mostly a by catch while trout fishing.
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Old 03-21-2005, 04:19 PM
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I haven't personally caught one but I have seen some pretty big ones come from lake yonah in habersham county.
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Dont know the name of the river feeding Burton, but when I was a kid we used to catch quite a few out of there on corn.
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I have caught a couple in Blackshear. Real small though.
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Yellow Perch are fantastic eating. Notheren folk believe it is the best tasting fish. I agree.
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Everywhere In Lake Burton ---ss
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Lots of yellow Perch in the lakes around stone Mtn.
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Caught one in the Hooch near Roswell (only one of two I ever caught) and that dude had to weight a solid two pounds. I had no idea what is was.
Don't have those in south Louisiana...
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Old 03-21-2005, 09:27 PM
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Caught my first in Buchannan City Lake in Carollton. Had to take it to the "fish expert" my Daddy to find out what it was.
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Growing up we used to catch em all the time on lake oliver in columbus. Always while fishin for shellcrackers with wigglers. My grandad used to throw them on the bank and call them trash fish. If I could get to them I would put them back in the lake. He was kinda hard headed.
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Old 03-22-2005, 03:09 PM
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Juliette is full of them, I catch them all the time. Good eating fish, not as tasty as Crappie, but a close second. THey are real easy to catch as they will bite just about anything they can get in thier mouths. I have even caught a few in Houston Lake, which surprised me.
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My grandchildren caught several big enough to fillet this evening off our dock at Lake Burton. The record was caught here by Charlie Poole who runs Anchorage Marina. It weighed 2 lbs. 8 oz.
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Old 03-23-2005, 01:20 AM
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They love minnows on lake harding. Point them the other way when you catch them. They shoot a sticky goo on you if they can. The ones I catch lately do anyway.
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