In my experience the only time white perch are taken by striped bass is when they r injured or very small. But u can use pair of scissors and cut the dorsal fin off and liveline them. But overall not the best choice because the Stripers in the river r not actively feedin on white perch. Here's the peckin list in good order......shad, herring, eels, shedder crab. These r the main forage for the spawning striped bass in Delaware river. Bloods work tho they r not naturally found in the river but Stripers can't resist them early on when they r so easily digested and provide the fish with ample energy. Another great live bait (maybe not legal) is trout live lined and chunked and chumed especially near where they could be found like feeder creeks tht have trout stockings along the river. But as I've said before hands down and it's been tried and tested even against bloodworms after herring large creek chubs live or cut will out produce any other bait u can use on the big D. I log 30-40 hours a week on the river in the spring most years I'm giving up a gem here. CREEK CHUBS.Live White Perch are deadly as well. It's amazing that anything can eat then with their sharp gill plates and dorsal spines.
Ok Mu fish thanks for the info! Where do I get those chubs pleae!3rd week in march is about when u can start betting on few migratory fish will
Be tere and willing to chomp. I've fishes the spring run here for last 5 years and I go out more than most cause it's so close I'm usually on river before sunup and fish til time for work then all day on 2 days off and I start first week of march records indicate water temp is major factor but usually by third week of march theres a slow steady pick of nice bass up around ranacokas river and more so down river near the hook. Fishfinders high lows drop shots thy all work. Bloods early then cut baits in late April til it ends eels work but here's a secret...... Live creek chubs(trust me)(this my good deed for the season) as big as u can find r a pretty solid bait especially since herring is closed.
This year I'm actually only using lures I never have on the river so it's gone be alot of hit and miss for me til I find them few patterns etc they will take on.