Perch, the Common, or Perca fluvifluviatialis, L. is a well-known British fish, of a middling size, being covered with rough scales, and the back furnished with spiny fins. It frequents fresh water rivers and lakes, where it inhabits deep holes, and is exceedingly voracious.
With respect to the angling for perch, there are two seasons of the year; the one commencing in February or March, and the other in July or August. Gloomy weather, attended with mizzling showers, and a strong southerly or westerly wind, generally promise success. Having selected the deepest and most turbid waters, the sportsman should repair to his stand about ten o'clock in the morning of the.former season, and at sun-rise, during the latter.—Blood-worms, red-worms, and shrimps, either boiled or raw, are the most proper bait, particularly for the smaller perch. Should, however, these fish not bite freely, the bed of the water may be disturbed with a rake or pole ; or it may be agitated by throwing in quantities of gravel, stones, or earth. They are, in general, bold creatures, and little pains are required to lure them to the bait.
The perch is a firm and delicate fish, being much esteemed at table.