Fish of the perch family live in fresh water — ponds, lakes and streams — of North America, Europe and Asia. They eat eggs, larvae, insects, and other fish. Perch are good to eat.
   In the spring, perch lay their eggs in a long string which sticks to shallow-water plants. A single perch can produce an amazing number of eggs.
   The yellow perch is more bronze or golden than yellow. It has five to nine dark bars down its sides, a white belly, and red-orange lower fins. The wall-eyed pike, or pike-perch, sometimes grows to three times the size of the average foot-long yellow perch. Its color varies from olive green to bluish-gray. The European perch is quite like the yellow perch.