Im sure we have all been told at one point that if you wanna catch lots and big perch you need to look at dusk and dawn and to an extent ive believed it however ive never really acted on it always starting my sessions early morning and fishing through the whole day. However ive had a good amount of time and sessions to really say that, dusk is where its at!! i have no experience fishing at dawn because i cant get up that early however dusk i can say with confident is the best time to go fishing! I have had about 6 sessions on the same lake now starting at 9am and ending at about 4pm. Throughout the day even when i fished a variety of different lakes i could not get a bite infact i think i out of all the sessions i landed maybe 5 perch in total. however when the light fell and the temp dropped the bait became alive! the perch were on it!
Now to find the shoal, my go to searching lures are jigs and Texas rigs, both can be fished a fairly faster speed helping to cover more ground and fish through more shoals. i had a few hits on jigs but no hook ups, i swapped to a Texas for a more gentle approach and managed to start banking fish. over the past 5-6 sessions ive landed what must be 10-15 perch just in dusk!
trust me, fish in dawn, go to work, then fish at dusk you will not be disapointed!