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There are 165 species of the family Percidae. Most of those found in the northeast belong to a group of small fishes known as darters. The yellow perch and walleye are larger gamefish. As young yellow perch and walleye mature, they switch from a diet of zooplankton to small fish.

Yellow perch typically grow to 11 inches in their first three to four years. A gelatinous film is laid to protect the eggs.

Walleye spawn in early spring and although a female may lay half a million eggs among aquatic vegetation, most do not survive to hatching. They can live up to 15 years hand have reached a weight of 17 pounds. They are typically found only in large lakes and rivers.



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