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I got on a hot perch bite this afternoon, caught 4 very nice perch and when I cleaned them all 4 had eggs

I know this isn't new, but why do perch lay eggs in the middle of winter?

How come I didn't catch any male perch? Coincidence?

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They're not spawning yet, just getting ready. It takes a while for those eggs to develop enough to be laid, so they have actually been developing in the fish for quite a while already. You can see them now, but they still have a long way to develop yet before the fish drop them in the spring.

As for all female? Can't help with that one other than I often seem to do the same with crappies. My guess - with the eggs developing, females need extra food and so feed more often, upping your chance of catching them. Kind of like my wife who is 8 months pregnant right now - you have a much better chance of catching her feeding than myself.

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