Shiner perch

Information & Facts

Shiner perchSpecies Name
Shiner perch
(Cymatogaster aggregata)

Size Range
To 20.3 cm (8 in) in length.

State Record
288.0 lbs; Vic Stevens; Swiftsure Bank; September 9, 1989

The body of the shiner perch is an oval shape and is compressed from side to side. These perch have dusky greenish back and silvery sides that have a pattern combining horizontal bars with three broad yellow vertical bars. Breeding males turn almost entirely black, obscuring the barred pattern with dark speckles. Shiner perch are distinguished by having 8-9 dorsal fin spines, and 18 to 23 dorsal rays. The anal fin has 3 spines followed by 2225 rays.

Maximum Age: 9 years old.

Find more information on Shiner perch: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/bottomfish/identification/perch/c_aggregata.html

Where to fish for Shiner perch
Caught by recreational harvesters within Puget Sound and in embayments along the outer coast.