Sacramento Perch: New Look at a California Original

IMG_4955Sacramento Perch (Archoplites interruptus) is the only native sunfish west of the Rockies, and are a prized gamefish that can reach sizes in excess of 3 pounds.

SacPerch Benton 6-12-2015 (29 of 35)Sacramento Perch historically were found throughout the Delta, rivers and sloughs of the valley floor and Clear Lake. Although no longer found in their historic range they can be found in a number of reservoirs throughout the state including places like Crowley Lake (Mono County), Lake Almanor (Plumas County), and Bridgeport Reservoir (Mono County).


Angling techniques and seasons for Sacramento Perch are similar to those used for crappie and other sunfishes. Flies, crappie jigs, and small hooks with small bits of bait are best bets during the spring and fall.


CDFW is collaborating with researchers and private aquaculturists to maintain robust genetic diversity and captively breed Sac Perch to re-establish this prized California gamefish.

Partnering commercial farms may, in the future, supply hobbyists interested in aquaponics, and live seafood markets seeking a new, appetizing panfish.