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Travis Mccurnin and Rex Komkrowski hold a Lake Belle Taine smallmouth bass that was caught near a suspended school of juvenile perch. Those perch may not grow large in our area, but provide great natural forage for larger species like bass, walleye, northern pike and muskie. (Jason Durham / For the Enterprise)

Yellow perch highly respectable fish

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Ah, those pesky perch. Anglers in the Park Rapids area often curse the consistent rat-a-tat bite of the yellow perch while utilizing live bait to catch walleye or small jigs to capture crappie or sunfish.

Some of the large bodies of water in Minnesota have some highly respectable perch; Mille Lacs, Leech, Winni and Lake of the Woods are some great examples. Those lakes are big perch destinations.

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