Scaled collection of drawings of Yellow Perch in front and side poses

The Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens) is native to most freshwater bodies of North America. They are members of the family Percidae, preferring lakes and larger rivers with clear water. It is also called American perch, striped perch, perch, and preachers. Adults are golden yellow with bodies laterally compressed. They sport two dorsal fins and eyes either ranging from green to yellow. Females grow faster, live longer, and are often larger than males. Spawning is communal, and the fish is highly prized by both anglers and commercial fishermen. The Yellow Perch prefers forming schools as protection to young fish, though males and females have separate schools.

Yellow Perch have a total length between 4”-10” (10-25 cm), body height of 1”-2.5” (2.5-6.4 cm), and an overall weight in the range of .5-1 lb (.2-.5 kg). The typical lifespan of the Yellow Perch is 7-13 years.


*Under Development*

1”-2.5” | 2.5-6.4 cm
4”-10” | 10-25 cm
.5-1 lb | .2-.5 kg
Scientific Name:
Perca flavescens
7-13 years


Drawings include:

Yellow Perch side elevation, front

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Freshwater fish are fish that spend some or all of their live in water with a salinity level lower than .05%. Freshwater fish, due to the segmented nature of ponds, lakes, and rivers, are subject to speciation similar to species on islands.