Perch & Crappie Fishing: Back in the early 90s Crappie started showing up in Ontario lakes and they have been spreading out and multiplying ever since. They are not considered an invasive species because studies suggest that Crappie do not impose any threat to native species. Because Crappie are shallow water spawners their eggs get stuck to waterbird feathers and as a result they have been spreading into every water system. Now Crappie can be found in vast numbers and big sizes.
The Seine Chain started seeing crappie during the 2000's and each year we're seeing more and larger fish including fish in the 14"+ range. We're not the only ones enjoying them. Our MNR biologist predicted that our pike would start getting fatter, and we're definitely seeing that happen. The yellow perch have been a resident of the Chain as long as it's been around. You may not encounter perch that frequently, then suddenly you'll get into a mess of them - often when jigging for walleye. Target them by bobber fishing in bays with a worm or small minnow. We've got some nice ones and they sure add nicely to a fish dinner!
There are a number of lakes in the Atikokan area where you can experience great Crappie fishing. They can be found in vast numbers up to 14-inches. Once in a while Crappie get much bigger. If you are new to Crappie fishing then you should know that Crappie taste fantastic and many people prefer them over Walleye or Perch.
Perch are indigenous to lakes in the Atikokan area and can be found in great numbers. All you need to do is anchor beside a weed bed and fish straight down with a hook and a tiny piece of worm and you will catch one after another. Many of the Perch reach a size referred to as a Jumbo Perch.
In the Atikokan area, Zone 5, Crappie season is open all year. You are allowed 10 in your possession with a sport license or 5 with a conservation license. Perch are much more common with the limit being 50 with a sport license and 25 with a conservation license.