This is the second state record caught in the month of January.
The white perch was caught by Aaron Slagh of Holland on Jan. 21, on Muskegon Lake. The fish weighed 1.93 pounds and measured 13.25 inches.
Slagh was ice fishing with a spoon when he landed the record fish.
The record was verified by Rich O’Neal, a DNR fisheries biologist, at the Muskegon field office.
The previous state-record white perch was caught by Kyle Ryan of Reese on Lake Huron in Tuscola County on July 13, 2002. That fish weighed 1.88 pounds and measured 13.25 inches.
“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!’”
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