Post By: SGM Posted: 8/28/2017 10:06:06 AMPoints: 4038
Good perch fishing is hard to beat but add in 4 MA fish in one day and it is a fantastic day. First fish of the day was a 12.25 inch MA for me so that was cool but then my wife hit her first MA perch ever at 12.5 inches. I ended up with 2 more at 12 1/8 and a 12.5 incher too. Had to move a lot to find active fish but was worth it. All total we had 33 over 9 inches we kept and 15 of those where over 10 inches. I weighed the filets just before packaging and we where right at 6 pounds of perch for the table. For sure perch tonight and taking some west to enjoy a nice perch, salmon and halibut fry over at Diggins this weekend.
NOT saying where but under 30 FOW, points and gold or firetiger jigs tipper with worms did the job. A few on dead stick but jigging was more productive.
Reply by: NerkaNerd Posted: Aug. 30, 8:29:13 PM Points: 165
Ah! Yes, I've read about that. I thought it was more of a catch and release thing, though. Glad you're keeping the perch in Blue Mesa as they definitely need thinned and culled. One CPW biologist I spoke to last year who was running the gillnet survey estimated there may be up to 2 million perch, but only 50,000 or fewer lake trout, and well under 500,000 salmon. Thanks for the clarification on MA and great job finding the bruiser cruisers! Appears it won't be long before the state record yellow perch comes out of Blue Mesa.
Reply by: SGM Posted: Aug. 31, 1:02:55 PM Points: 4038
Thanks again guys.
The program has 2 sides, catch and release and catch and keep.You can get one of each or the patches in a year but as many of the certificates depending on how many qualifying fish you catch. I normally only put in for one of each species per year unless I get something really large compared to the first fish I submitted. Some people don't care either way about the program but I like it and think it is even cooler for kids.
Oldguy: sure hope to find them thru the ice this year. Last year was strange as we had them pretty well dialed in late open water and first ice but then I think they played snow birds and moved to Arizona in January. Wont be back out until after muzzle loader elk season so guess we will see how it goes.