Great Lakes Environmental Assessment and Mapping Project

Spawning - yellow perch

Yellow perch
Yellow perch (Michigan DNRE)

Like lake trout, yellow perch are a recreationally and commercially valuable Great Lakes species, and their spawning areas are important to natural recruitment.

Yellow perch spawning areas are highly correlated with coastal wetlands - in particular the species favors protected embayments for spawning and nursery habitat.1  Yellow perch tend to be found in warmer waters, hence there are not many spawning sites in northern Lake Superior.  


Mapping yellow perch spawning in the Great Lakes

Yellow perch spawning locations were derived from the Goodyear Fish Spawning Atlas, a comprehensive bi-national survey of commercially and recreationally valuable fishes.2


Data Sources: 

1. Wei, A., P. CKelso, J.R. and G.S. Milburn. 1979. Entrainment and impingement of fish by power plants in the Great Lakes which use the once-through cooling process. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 5(2), and D. Albert. 2004. Influence of shoreline features on fish distribution in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 61(7):1113-1123.
2. Goodyear C.S., T.A. Edsall, D.M.O. Dempsey, G.D. Moss, and P.E. Polanski. 1982. Atlas of the spawning and nursery areas of Great Lakes fishes. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, D.C., USA.