For the second time this month, an angler has caught a fish that will go down in the record books.
Aaron Slagh of Holland was ice fishing on Muskegon Lake in Muskegon County on Tuesday, January 21 when he caught a white perch, weighing in at 1.93 pounds and measuring 13.25 inches. That beats the previous record set in 2002 of 1.88 pounds, also measuring 13.25 inches.
Slagh was ice fishing with the spoon when he landed the record fish last week. “It was just another normal day on the ice for me, as I get out as much as I can,” said Slagh. “We were actually targeting yellow perch and I thought I had a walleye. When we pulled it up we thought ‘Holy cow – that’s a big white perch!’”
State records are recognized by weight only. To qualify for a state record, fish must exceed the current listed state-record weight and identification must be verified by a DNR fisheries biologist.
“This winter, despite the extreme weather most of Michigan has been experiencing, is shaping up to be a great time for many anglers,” said DNR Fisheries Division Chief Jim Dexter. “This latest state record once again showcases the quality of the state’s fisheries.”