Specimen weight: 1.2 kg (2.646 lb).
Perch are easily identified by their olive green colour and the distinctive vertical black stripes on their flanks. The pectoral, pelvic and tail fin are reddish in colour. The dorsal fin and the gill cover have sharp spines so the fish must be handled carefully. They are very common and can be found in most freshwater systems around Ireland but very big perch are rare, with fish seldom reaching 1.5 lbs. (0.68 Kilos).
Best times to fish: April to September.
Some of the best perch waters in Ireland: Lower Lough Erne for the bigger specimens.
Where to start your cruise: Bellanaleck.