How to Tie Perch Rigs

by Ben Team
Rigs with more than one lure are great for catching schooling species such as perch.

Rigs with more than one lure are great for catching schooling species such as perch.

While anglers catch perch while using number of different lures and rigs, multi-lure rigs -- often called perch rigs – are among the most effective for catching these minnow-munching game fish. Perch rigs usually feature two or three hooks that each bear a hooked baitfish. Some jurisdictions place limits on the number of hooks that can be attached to a single line, so check your local laws and regulations before using a perch rig in your local pond or river.

  1. Measure and cut a 12-inch length of leader using the tape measure and scissors. Tie one end of the leader to the barrel swivel and the other end to one of the three-way swivels. Use an improved clinch knot in both cases.

  2. Measure and cut a second length of leader, about 12 inches long. Tie one end of the leader to the connected three-way swivel using an improved clinch knot. Tie the free end of the leader to the second three-way swivel with the same type of knot.

  3. Measure and cut a third length of leader, identical to the first two. Tie one end of this leader to the free end of the second three-way swivel, and tie the other end of the leader to the bell sinker. If the bell sinker features a clasp, tie the leader to a barrel swivel and connect the barrel swivel to the clasp.

  4. Measure and cut two more 12-inch long leaders. Tie one leader to the upper three-way swivel and tie the other leader to the lower three-way swivel.

  5. Tie a bait hook to the end of each free leader with an improved clinch knot or a Palomar knot. If you like, you can place a few colorful beads on the leaders before tying on the hooks, which may attract more perch, but it is not necessary.

  6. Add a live shiner to each hook. Hook them through the back so that they can swim normally.

Items you will need

  • 4- to 6-pound test monofilament or fluorocarbon leader
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors or cutters
  • Barrel swivel
  • 2 three-way swivels
  • No. 6 or No. 8 hooks
  • 1-ounce bell sinker
  • Live shiners
  • Beads (optional)


  • If your local regulations permit, consider adding a third three-way swivel, leader and hook to present an additional bait.
  • If your rig is not tempting perch into biting, experiment with other baits. In addition to minnows, you can bait your hooks with worms, crayfish or shrimp.

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