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Dave Berg of Mentor catches Lake Erie record 2.9-pound yellow perch, beats 32-year Ohio mark
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It's official! David Berg's 2.86-pound yellow perch is Ohio state record
May 27, 2016
The Outdoor Writers of Ohio Record Fish Committee officially confirmed that a 2.86-pound, 15.75-inch Lake Erie yellow perch caught by David Berg of Mentor, Ohio while fishing from the Fairport Harbor shoreline is Ohio's newest state record.
Shaped like a gaudy gold-and-green football, the record yellow perch boasted an impressive girth of 13.75 inches.
"We had to go through the process of certifying the perch was a record (with the OWO Record Fish Committee), and it was well worth it," said Berg on Friday morning. The impressive fish has been the talk of Lake Erie since Berg checked it in on April 18 with owner Don Moore at Harbor Bait & Tackle in Painesville, on the banks of the Grand River.
Berg's yellow perch was caught on an ultra-light St. Croix spinning rod with 8-pound test braided fishing line. He was using a minnow for bait, and at first thought he'd hooked a nice smallmouth bass because of the fighting ability of the fish.
The perch could also qualify for an International Game Fish Association line class record, topping a 2-pound, 5-ounce yellow perch caught on July 6, 1984 by Ray Johnson at Utah's Yuba Reservoir.
"Now I'm ready to go after a record walleye," said Berg, with a laugh. He is getting ready to launch his Amberjack boat, which is docked at a Fairport Harbor marina where Berg was casting from shore when he caught the perch.
The yellow perch replaces a 2.75-pound, 14.5-inch Lake Erie fish caught on April 17, 1984 off Lorain, Ohio by Charles Thomas. Ohio's record fish are determined on the basis of weight only. Fisheries Biologist Carey Knight from the Ohio Division of Wildlife Fairport Harbor Research Station confirmed the identification of Berg's fish as a yellow perch.
This must be the year for big Lake Erie yellow perch. In March, Jeffrey Matts of Erie, Pennsylvania caught the Keystone record 2-pound, 11-ounce yellow perch while fishing Presque Isle Bay on a cold, blustery day. The perch measured 15 3/8 inches. It topped a 2 pound, 9 ounce perch caught in February 2001 by Keith Meck of Macungie, Pennsylvania while ice fishing at Beltzville Lake in Carbon County.