The ocean perch is a family of fish closely related to the Pacific rockfish. On the Atlantic coast fisheries sometimes sell them as redfish because of its bright red color. They live in a range from Maine to Labrador. Known as long jaw rockfish in the Pacific, it lives in cold water from Alaska to southern California. It has a color that ranges from grayish or brownish red to bright orange with lighter colored sides and belly. They can grow to 13 pounds and 24 inches in length. It has a firm texture and is low in fat. They can have a taste that is mild to fishy depending on where is caught.
A member of the freshwater perch family, the yellow perch is a first cousin to the walleye pike, the sauger and the darters. There are 19 species and they seldom reach over 14 inches in length. They are a very prolific fish that live mainly in the eastern half of the United States. They go under such names as convict, common perch, striped perch and raccoon. Yellow perch are golden yellow in color with 6 to 9 greenish black vertical bars and can grow to 3 ½ pounds and 21 inches in length. Its tender flaky meat is fairly mild in flavor and low in fat. To cook, pan fry, deep fry, oven fry or bake.