Published March 01, 2009, 12:00 AM

Perch fishing tips

High Banks Resort owner Rick Leonhardt and several other anglers offer these tips for winter perch fishing:

High Banks Resort owner Rick Leonhardt and several other anglers offer these tips for winter perch fishing:

* A good fish finder and lake map is a must. “The days of lining up that tree with that cabin [to find a fishing spot] are gone,” Leonhardt said.

* Also largely gone are the days of hand-over-hand fishing. The anglers recommend a good ice rod and reel, and 2- to 4-pound-test line.

* Jigs baited with fathead minnows (seen aboce) are a typical perch fishing combination. Sometimes, the anglers used an entire minnow, hooked through the back. Other times, they used just the head of a minnow. A popular jig is one made from glass with brightly colored stripes inside.

“Color doesn’t make any difference as long as it’s green,” angler Neal King said.

“That is the slogan of the lake,” said Leonhardt, although he said he believes anglers should try any color that they have confidence in.

* Leonhardt likes to lower his lure to the bottom, jig it several times to stir up the bottom muck, then raise the jig several inches above the bottom. Others keep their jigs above the bottom.

* For more information, go to www.highbanks.com. Or call (800) 365-2560.

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