A new Ohio record Yellow Perch has been certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee.
The new state record yellow perch, weighing 2.86 pounds, was caught by David Berg of Mentor, Ohio in Lake Erie in Lake County, Ohio. Berg caught the yellow perch April 18, 2016, using a minnow for bait, on a St. Croix spinning rod with 8 lb test braided line. Berg’s yellow perch is 15.75 inches long and 13.75 inches in girth.
His catch replaces the previous state record yellow perch which was caught in Lake Erie by Charles Thomas on April 17, 1984 weighing 2.75 pounds and measuring 14.5 inches long. Ohio’s record fish are determined on the basis of weight only.
Ohio’s state record fish are certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee with assistance from fisheries biologists with the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Fisheries biologist Carey Knight from the Ohio Division of Wildlife Fairport Harbor Research Station confirmed the identification of Berg’s catch as a yellow perch.