The Pike-Perch, also known as the Zander‌ (Sander lucioperca), belongs to the‍ Percidae family. This‌ predatory fish is commonly found across Eurasia, ‌from Western Europe to the east of China. ⁢It‌ is highly regarded by anglers due to its reputation as a challenging catch and ⁢its excellent taste.

Conservation ⁢Status

As of the‌ current‌ records, the Pike-Perch is categorized as least concern on the conservation status scale. Efforts to maintain their population involve⁣ monitoring and regulation of⁣ fishing practices, as well as ⁢habitat conservation and restoration projects.


Stat Average Range
Length 50-70 cm 20-120 cm
Weight 1-2⁣ kg 1-12 kg
Average Lifespan 10-20 ‍years


Pike-Perch can‍ be found mainly ⁣in the freshwater⁤ environments of Eurasia. They inhabit large rivers and​ lakes, particularly in Scandinavia, Germany, and the Eurasian steppes. They don’t display specific migration patterns.


Preferring ​freshwater bodies, Pike-Perch are comfortable in depths ranging from 4 to 15 metres, and are tolerant to a variety of temperature⁣ conditions, from temperate to cool conditions.

When and Where‍ to See

These fish can be spotted ⁤year-round with peak activity during their spawning season in the spring. They are mostly active during the ‌twilight hours.

Best Fishing Locations

Pike-Perch are most often found in:

  1. Lake Geneva, Switzerland
  2. Baltic Sea
  3. Lake Constance, Germany/Switzerland/Austria
  4. Lake Winnibigoshish, ‍USA
  5. Volga​ River, Russia
  6. Lake Baikal, Russia
  7. Öresund⁣ Strait, Sweden/Denmark
  8. Loire River, France
  9. Amur River,⁢ China/Russia
  10. Dnieper River, Ukraine/Belarus

How to Catch

Live or dead‌ bait such as fish are ‌ideal for catching Pike-Perch. Fishing techniques include trolling and bottom fishing. There’s no best time as these fish can be ⁢caught year-round, with twilight being a prime fishing time.

Identification Guide

A Pike-Perch has a cylindrical body with a ‌dark back and silver flanks. Its ventral area is ⁤white. The species can be ‌identified by⁣ its sharp⁢ teeth and the spiky first dorsal fin.‌ A similar species, the Walleye,⁢ is slightly smaller and has ​a⁢ more yellowish color.


Pike-Perch has a mild, sweet taste with firm, white meat. ​After cleaning and filleting, it can be pan-fried, grilled, or​ baked. Some popular recipes include Pike-Perch in mustard ⁤sauce or smoked Pike-Perch. Nutritionally, Pike-Perch is rich ⁤in protein and low in​ fat.

Additional Information

Pike-Perch are⁤ elusive predators, primarily feeding on ‌other fish. They face threats from overfishing and habitat degradation due to pollution and damming. These fish hold a prominent place in sport fishing⁣ and culinary traditions across⁣ Europe and Asia.

References and Further Reading

For further information, readers can refer to ‌Coad’s ‘Freshwater Fishes of Iran’ and Kottelat and Freyhof’s ‘Handbook of European ⁣Freshwater Fishes’. Additionally, detailed accounts can also be found from FAO’s Fisheries and ⁤Aquaculture department website and FishBase. (FAO Fishery)⁣ ⁢ and (FishBase)