Fishing For Perch With Blood Worm And Other Bait

I’ve heard that the blood worm is a good bait to use when fishing for perch – what else do they like?

For those considering using the blood worm for bait when catching perch, it is a good option, and one you will hear a lot about.  But, it is not the only thing that you can use for fishing perch.

Most people have fond memories of fishing for perch as youngsters, and as was the case then, you don’t need a lot of expensive tackle, gear, boats or even bait to fish for perch.  Simple, light tackle works best, and since perch are very aggressive biters, almost any bait will work. 


Many people vouch for blood worms as being the best bait for catching perch, and they do work well, but as is the case for any other fish, the type of bait you use will depend on the time of year you are fishing, the conditions in which you are fishing, and the location from which you are fishing. 


One thing to keep in mind is that smaller, light bait is one thing that always works well for perch.  Perch just naturally are more attracted to small bait.  Using small hooks or even attractor hooks (which leave a small amount of hook for your bait) work well. 


Though bait is largely a matter of personal preference and experience, most perch fishermen agree on the following as good selections.  For winter and autumn bait, particularly for ice fishing includes wax worms, maggots, tiny sections of night crawlers, perch eyes, and minnows.  Popular summer bait that works well includes small sections of night crawler, grubs, and small, live minnows, crayfish meat, and insect larvae. 

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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