Perch (Silver)


The⁤ Silver Perch⁣ (Bairdiella chrysoura) is a member of the Percichthyidae ⁣family, featuring prominent⁢ silver scales,‍ an⁤ adaptable nature, and a delicious ⁤taste that makes⁣ it a notable target for recreational fishing.

Conservation Status

Current‍ Status

As of the most recent data, the Silver Perch is evaluated⁤ as of least concern‍ by the ‍IUCN ‌and is not⁣ currently considered threatened or endangered.

Conservation Efforts

Conservation efforts ⁣primarily focus on maintaining the sustainability ⁤of recreational and commercial fishing, with size limits and⁤ bag ⁢limits frequently regulated⁤ by local fisheries agencies.


Length (Average) 15-30 cm
Length (Range) 10-40 cm
Weight (Average) 240-300 g
Weight (Range) 100-500 g
Average⁣ Lifespan 4-6 years



Silver Perch are‍ native to ⁤North America ⁢and are typically found along the Atlantic coast from New York to northern Florida.

Migration patterns

Silver Perch do not typically exhibit migration patterns and are predominantly stationary‌ within their habitats.


Water type

The Silver Perch thrives in both fresh and slightly brackish waters, making them quite adaptable.

Depth range

These perch⁣ are often‍ found⁢ at depths⁤ of up to 50 meters, though they usually prefer shallower waters.

Temperature range

The Silver Perch is​ capable of tolerating a wide range of temperatures, ⁢ranging from 10-30 degrees Celsius.

Best Fishing Locations

Top 10 Places

The best places to find Silver Perch ⁢are usually in ⁢smaller lakes ⁢and rivers⁢ across‍ the north-east​ coast of the United States, particularly:

  1. Hudson River, New York
  2. Delaware River, Pennsylvania
  3. Chesapeake Bay, Virginia
  4. St. Johns River,⁣ Florida
  5. Neuse River, North Carolina

How to Catch

Preferred bait or lures

Silver Perch are omnivorous. They can be caught using bait such ‌as small fish, insects, and worms. Lures ‌that mimic these food sources ⁤can also be effective.

Fishing⁢ Techniques

Popular techniques for catch these fish include bottom fishing, spinning, and trolling.

Identification Guide

Silver Perch are characterized by⁢ a silver, elongated body, a forked tail, and small,‌ sharp teeth. They are distinguished from similar species by their silver⁤ color and rounded pectoral​ fins.


Feeding Habits

The diet of Silver Perch includes crustaceans, small fish and various aquatic insects.

Predators and Threats

Predators of Silver Perch include larger fish, birds, ‍and humans. While not under​ significant ‍threat, habitat deterioration due ⁢to ‍pollution is an ongoing issue.

Cultural/Historical Significance

The Silver Perch is of ⁢vital importance to indigenous communities within its native range, ⁣providing a valuable source of food and being featured in various cultural ceremonies.

Culinary Information

Silver Perch are eaten both in their entirety or as fillets, often pan-seared or grilled. They ‍have a mildly​ sweet, ⁢white flesh that’s firm but tender.

References ⁢and Further Reading

– [FishBase entry for Silver Perch](⁢ (Opens in a new tab).
– [USGS factsheet on Silver Perch]( (Opens in a⁤ new tab).

Please note that local⁣ regulations on fishing methods, size limits, and bag limits ​should always be adhered to. For up-to-date information, please consult your local⁢ fisheries⁣ agency