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Quality perch is easy to recognize. Fresh perch never smells fishy, and the flesh will give slightly when you press it with a finger, then spring back into shape. When choosing perch fillets, whether they’re fresh or previously frozen, look for moist, translucent (never dried out) flesh. Unlike other fish, the freshness of walleye cannot be judged by its eyes, which are always cloudy and never clear.


Walleye (also called walleye pike, yellow pike, or pike-perch) has white flesh, few bones, and a delicate flavor. It is sold whole or as fillets. Yellow perch is a popular sport fish, usually sold whole.

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