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Fact Sheet 2013–3055

Reproductive Health of Yellow Perch, Perca flavescens, in Chesapeake Bay Tributaries

By Vicki S. Blazer, A.E. Pinkney, and James H. Uphoff

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Yellow perch live in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, and estuaries across the central and eastern United States and Canada. In Chesapeake Bay, they tolerate salinities up to one-third that of seawater. The adults reside in the brackish waters of the bay’s tributaries and migrate upstream to spawn. Yellow perch are eagerly sought by recreational fishermen for their excellent taste and, because their late winter spawning runs are the earliest of the year, they are regarded as a harbinger of spring. Yellow perch also support a small but valuable, tightly regulated commercial fishery in the part of Chesapeake Bay that lies in Maryland.

First posted July 31, 2013

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Suggested citation:

Blazer V.S., Pinkney, A.E., and Uphoff, J.H., 2013, Reproductive health of yellow perch, Perca flavescens, in Chesapeake Bay Tributaries: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013–3055, 2 p.,

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