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A 12 SIDNEY HERALD, WEDNESDAY, JULY I 0, 2019 The author with a pair of 12-inch summertime perch. BY NICK SIMONSON While yellow perch are most notably pur- sued through the ice and are a primary tar- get of many anglers throughout the region during the cold weath- er months, these fish can provide fast sum- mertime action and a stockpile of delicious fillets that can rival the stash that win- ter anglers accumu- late. Connecting with roaming schools of large yellow perch can require some work, but once found they can provide fast action using some very sim- ple methods through- out the summer. Touch 'Em Trolling Many times, anglers will encounter size- able perch while troll- ing transition areas for walleyes. Here, larger yellow perch will also be feeding on the minnows, small crayfish, freshwater shrimp and other prey items that their bigger cousins are seeking out. Offering up a min- now on a single-hook Lindy rig, or trolling half a crawler on a harness or slow-death setup is a great way to make initial contact with schools of perch, which by their nature tend to roam and fol- low break lines, weed- lines and other natu- ral edges underwater. Once a perch or two are picked up in a par- ticular area through summertime perch in When perch are these prime locations and the depth can eas- encountered away from shore, ily be adjusted if the school moves out or utilize jigs to further pinpoint down from where they ng were first encoun- holding areas alo tered. A simple setup of a #4 or #6 octopus transitions where mud turns to hook under a split- grave,l sand or chunk rock. shot or two to balance out the buoyancy of the chosen float is all that's needed for fast trolling methods, con- some shimmer and ad- fishing when a school sider offering up a ditional attraction to of yellow perch is dis- more targeted presen-set perchoff, covered. It's a great tation to stay on theWhen perch are en- way to get young an- school and effectively countered away from glers in on the action bring fish to the boat. shore, utilize jigs to and utilizes any wind The Jig Is Up Utilizing a jig can help quickly add perch to a fish basket or live- well for a summer fish fry. Whether transi- tioning from troll- ing for these fish or making contact while working a weedline and finding a school stacked up, a jig allows a precise presentation of bait. Jigs in sizes of 1/16- to 1/8-ounce typ- ically match up with the mouths of those desired perch from 10- to 12-inches in length, and they can deploy a pinch of crawler, small leech or minnow effec- tively. Consider using compact plastics such as Lindy Fuz-E-Grubs, or three-inch curly- tailed plastics to add some bulk when fish are aggressive and keying in on larger food items. Addition- ally, jigs dressed with krystal flash or mara- bou will also provide further pinpoint hold- ing areas along bot- tom transitions where mud turns to gravel, sand or chunk rock. Look for schools to hole up along weed- lines as well, espe- cially those where the wind has been blowing in for any amount of time, as current-driv- en prey items such as small baitfish and aquatic insects will be stacked up in the area as well. Rock reefs and rip- rap can also provide natural and man-made barriers that corral perch in a particular spot, especially in fun- nel areas where water pushes under bridges or narrows in a lake. Mark these as key jig- ging places for perch on a GPS or lake map. Slip Away Offering a minnow or small leech under a slip float is anoth- er great way to target or current to provide added action/to the bait ke'bob, bet with the slightest breeze or surface disturbance. Swap out a small jig - plain or dressed de- pending on fish pref- erence :- for the plain hook and experiment with the offerings to find what works best on a given day. While perch may be a primary pursuit in the winter, they can provide a good deal of action in summer as well, especially as things warm up and they are actively feed- ing. Knowing how to find them and identi- fying school location through trolling tac- tics and then staying on them with more precision through jig- ging and slip floating are great ways to add a few more fillets to the frying pan and sum- mer memories to the photo book. BY LOUISE GARDNER Spectrum Commodities Wheat and corn markets plunged after USDA projected that corn plantings would be much higher than the trade expected. Wheat is also seeing pressure as the har- vest moves deeper into Kansas, with yields very high, similar to Oklahoma and Texas harvest reports. Farm- ers in the eastern Mid- west are still trying to plant soybeans, despite the late date, providing some support to the soy complex. The cattle markets were mixed with live cattle slightly lower as cash slipped. Feeders found support from cheaper feed grains and a bump in demand for heavier replace- ment cattle. Energies slipped de- spite OPEC and par- ticipating nations agreeing to continue their limited crude oil production. A slowing global economy has traders worried about a prolonged drop in de- mand. The economic outlook in the US con- tinues be strong, with the Dow pushing back up near it's all-time high. Metals were slightly lower as war rhetoric was tamped down over the last few weeks. 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