Golden perch, yellowbelly or callop, are a member of the temperate perches, or percichthyidae family, and are found in slow flowing freshwater rivers, but have also been stocked into a number of dams around the country. In impoundments, golden perch are know to exceed 75cm and around 15kg, however in their natural environent they are rarely seen over 60cm and 7-8kg.
Golden perch are a highly-regarded sportfish that respond well to a variety of baits and lures. Anglers casting lures around snags also have success on goldens, with spinnerbaits, bibbed hard-bodies, soft plastics and lipless crankbaits working well. Here are some tackle recommendations when yellowbelly.
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