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Lake Erie Yellow Perch Record

Some 32 years ago, on Lake Erie, the Perch record was set. Recently that amazing record was broken by Dave Berg of Mentor, Ohio not far from the mouth of the Grand River. Finally, the state record was broken!

After hooking his magnificent fish, he brought it into Harbor Bait & Tackle on the Grand River in Painesville to be weighed and documented. He was delighted to learn that his great, fatty fish, which was dripping with eggs, had just topped the record! 

Harbor Bait & Tackle owner Don Moore was there to certify the big perch.

“We had to be very careful with the perch because it had begun to drip a few eggs,” he said.

“We put it on my scale, then had the scale certified by the county auditor’s office. The scale was right on the mark, all the way to 30 pounds.”

The fish was very carefully handled as it had already begun to drop it’s eggs, but amazingly, it weighed in right at 2.9 pounds and measured 15.75 inches long. The long standing record before was a 2.75-pound, 14.5-inch yellow perch caught in 1984 by Charles Thomas, so this fish has well and truly topped it!

“We’ve got Dave Berg’s fish in our freezer,” said Moore.

“We’ve done all of the paperwork with the Outdoor Writers of Ohio to have it certified as an Ohio record.”

While the fish is a record breaker for Ohio state, it is New Jersey that holds the world record for perch with one weighing 4 pounds and 3 ounces, caught in 1965 by Dr. C. Abbot. What a monster!