Do perch like spinners?

Answered by Cody Janus

Perch are known to be attracted to spinners due to their flashy and vibrating action in the water. Spinners mimic small fish or insects, which are staple prey for perch. The movement and vibrations created by spinners can trigger the predatory instincts of perch, enticing them to strike.

In my personal experience, I have found that spinners are indeed effective in catching perch. The combination of the spinning blade and the overall lure design can be irresistible to these fish. However, it is important to note that not all spinners will work equally well for perch. Some may be more effective than others due to factors such as color, size, and blade type.

When it comes to using spinners for perch, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind. Firstly, the size of the spinner should match the size of the perch you are targeting. Smaller spinners, around 1/8 to 1/4 ounce, tend to work well for perch. This is because perch have relatively small mouths and may have difficulty engulfing larger lures.

Additionally, the color of the spinner can play a role in attracting perch. Bright and vibrant colors, such as chartreuse, orange, or silver, tend to be effective in catching their attention. However, it is also worth experimenting with different color combinations to see what works best in your fishing location.

Another important aspect to consider is the retrieve speed. Perch are known to be quite aggressive and may prefer a faster-paced retrieve. However, it is advisable to vary your retrieve speed to see what the perch are responding to on a particular day. Sometimes a slow and steady retrieve can be equally effective.

While spinners can be effective on their own, adding live bait to the rig can further increase your chances of success. As mentioned earlier, many spinners come with a plastic bait attached, but you can remove it and replace it with live bait. Small minnows, worms, or even maggots can be excellent choices for perch bait. The live bait adds an extra scent and movement, making the spinner even more enticing to perch.

Perch do indeed like spinners. The flashy and vibrating action of spinners mimics their natural prey, making them irresistible to these fish. By selecting the right size, color, and retrieve speed, and potentially adding live bait, you can increase your chances of catching perch with spinners. So give it a try and see how successful you can be in targeting these feisty and tasty fish!