During the summer months we have a hard time keeping white perch alive for more than one day. So, I got the bright idea of putting them in my fish trap and dropping then down into the water to a depth of 12 feet, hoping that the water would be cooler down there and they would get suffient oxygen. I had twenty plus in the fish trap and when I pulled the trap up by the rope, I had one hell of a surprise. I had two water snakes and a cooper head in the basket. The smaller water snake got out from the side, the cooper head curled up in the basket and so, I left it and the basket on the dock for a while. When I returned the cooper head was gone but one of the water snakes got caught in the basket and choked itself. Photo's of the basket and snake that died. I guess I will have to wait for cold weather conditions to use this method for my white perch.