According to the 2017 spring fish surveys, largemouth bass fishing should continue to be good. Perry County Lake supports an excellent largemouth bass population. In 2015 and 2016, largemouth bass reproduction was outstanding, which means there are alot of smaller fish present. In our 2015 survey, 13 percent of the bass that were captured were longer than 15 inches. Bass anglers should fish brush piles, aquatic vegetation beds, or the aeration boils where gizzard shad congregate. Bluegill fishing should be good this year. Bluegill longer than 6 to 7 1/2 inches are common, but very few exceed eight inches. Large redear sunfish (8-11 inches) are common and provide anglers with an excellent challenge. White and black crappie are very abundant, but both populations are stunted. Anglers will find very few crappie longer than nine inches. To reduce crappie densities and hopefully improve growth rates, anglers are strongly encouraged to harvest 30 crappie per day. The majority of crappie are caught in April and May. Minnows fished in woody cover work well for crappie. Channel catfish angling should also be good, with some fish up to 10 pounds. Anglers should fish with cut baits, stink baits, or nightcrawlers around fallen timber. Hybrid striped bass fingerlings have been stocked since 2005 to develop a unique fishing opportunity in Southeast Missouri. The minimum length limit is 20 inches and the daily limit is 4. Legal-sized fish are present in the lake and interested anglers should target the aeration boils where gizzard shad congregate.