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Sacramento perch (Archoplites interruptus)

The Sacramento perch or Archoplites interruptus is a freshwater fish from the Sunfish family Centrarchidae and is found in many of the western states in America including California, Oregon and Nevada. The habitat of the Sacramento Perch often consists of lakes and slow moving rivers with heavy vegetation. They are often caught and considered to be quite delicious when prepared correctly.

Sacramento Perch are not particularly large only growing to about 24" (61cm) in length and weighing in at 8lbs (3.6kg). They can normally live up to six years old. Females of this species tend to be larger than males.  These fish tend to be blackish or brownish with about seven vertical dark bars that are irregular in form and position.

Despite it name the Sacramento Perch is not considered to be a Perch at all. These fish have 12-14 dorsal spines and 6-8 anal spines with 13-15 pectoral rays. Sacramento Perch are notorious for being able to survive in many different water conditions. They are capable of surviving high temperatures, poor water clarity, high salinities and high turbidity.

Spawning of the Sacramento Perch occurs from March to August generally when the water temperature reaches 18 degree Celsius. Like the Bluegill, these freshwater fish will build nest in close to shore which they will defend at all costs until the female arrives. Female Sacramento Perch can produce over 100,000 eggs at a time and will spawn with multiple males. The male will guard the nest for several days until the fry are hatched.

If you are fishing for Sacramento Perch you can use a simple bobber setup with worms or crickets.  They are not the easiest to catch, but well worth it in the frying pan.    

If you have any additional information about the Sacramento Perch including recipes and fishing tips please share.

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