The yellow perch has an olive green back and yellow or yellow-green sides marked with six to eight dusky, vertical bars. Its belly is white. Yellow lake perch populations were impacted dramatically in the 1900s. This was due to spawning habitat loss, invasive non-native species and over fishing. Spawning occurs at the end of April or beginning of May, depositing 5,000 to 100,000 eggs upon weeds, or the branches of trees or shrubs that have become immersed in the water. After fertilization the eggs hatch in 11 to 27 days depending on temperature and other weather conditions. Yellow perch size can vary greatly between bodies of water, but adults are usually between 4-10 inches (10-25.5 cm) in length and weigh about 5.29 oz (150 g) on average. Lake Erie Yellow Perch populations have increased through careful commercial fishing management and the tough, resilient nature of the species. We currently source all of our Yellow Lake Perch from Lake Erie, which represents 85% of the commercial catch. Yellow Perch are one of the finest flavored of all pan fish. The white, flaky meat is firm, white, and sweet-tasting. They are caught by gill-net and come to us butterflied with the pinbones in.