Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Mountain-Prairie Region

Fish List

Yellow Perch

The yellow perch is very colorful. The body is yellowish-gold with 6 to 9 black crossbars that run vertically down each side. The lower fins are brightly colored orange with white tips. Perch usually spawn shortly after ice-out in the spring. The maximum size about 14 inches. Perch are very predacious, preferring a diet of minnows; however, they will eat aquatic insects, crayfish, leeches, and snails. These fish are easily caught using a bobber with worms or minnows. Best fishing is in the spring or winter through the ice.

Drawing of a yellow perch



Largemouth Bass

The largemouth bass is one of the largest members of the sunfish family, capable of reaching weights of more than 8 pounds. They can be identified by their dark green color with a black strip running horizontally across each side and their extremely large mouth. Spawning occurs in early June when the male builds a nest for the female to deposit her eggs. Growth is fairly slow - it usually takes 5 to 6 years to reach the legal harvest size of 15 inches. These fish can be caught by a variety of methods, but by far the most popular is fishing the shoreline with top-water lures.

Drawing of a largemouth bass


Bluegill

A smaller member of the sunfish family, bluegill take approximately 8 years to reach one pound. Coloration varies with age and sex. Most bluegill bodies are light blue to olive green. The breast may be dull yellow in females to bright orange in breeding males. All, however, have a dark blue “ear” on the opercle. Bluegill build nests for spawning in June and usually nest in colonies with dozens of nests in each colony. Fish travel in schools, so if you catch one there is a good chance you can catch more in the same area. Best method is a worm or a grub on a small hook using a small bobber.

Drawing of a bluegill

Last updated: March 21, 2011