The weather has finally heated up, and yellow perch fishing on Lake Washington is garnering a lot of attention right now.
Normally the end of August through September is a good time for yellow perch with most averaging 6 to 8 inches, with a few up to 12 inches.
“Perch fishing has been pretty good depending on where you’re fishing,” said Maria Beppu, owner of Linc’s Tackle Shop in Seattle. “Place like Leschi, the Seward Park Marina area,Clark Beach on Mercer Island and Mount Baker have all been good.”
“I had a guy who fished at Leschi, and got a 13-inch crappie,” Beppu said. “He was fishing for perch, and ended catching a bass, and then he threw out his line and got the crappie.”
Other good perch lakes are Lake Goodwin northwest of Marysville; Stevens Lake east of Everett; American Lake near Fort Lewis; Sawyer Lake northwest of Black Diamond; Kapowsin Lake southeast of Puyallup; Harts Lake southeast of Yelm.
Yellow perch will hit just about anything, including a chunk of their own species.
Other popular baits are worms, maggots or small jigs. If you prefer worms, call the tackle shop to see if it has them in stock.