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Perch Chesapeake Bay

The white perch is the close relative of the striped bass. They can be found in salt, brackish, and fresh waters, often traveling in schools in river channels or the open waters of the Bay. During the spring they travel far upstream to spawn. Perch usually strike at underwater lures that mimic small fish and are allowed to drift along with the current. Fishing along rocky shorelines can also be effective way of catching perch.


Common Names Perch, White Bass
Scientific Name Morone americana
Average Size  
Average Weight 2 lbs. or less
Minimum Size Limit*  
Possession Limit*  
Lure Jigs, spoons, rappala, worms
Bait Bloodworms
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* All regulations are subject to change throughout the year. Always check with the Virginia Marine Resource Commission for new regulations before you go fishing @ 757-247-2200 or

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