|Harrisburg, PA – A white
perch (Morone Americana) caught in the Delaware
River has been named by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat
Commission (PFBC) as the new state record for the species.
James Clark was fishing
for striped bass and white perch under the Commodore Barry
Bridge in Chester around 5 p.m. on April 13 when he hooked
the record fish. The catch measured 12.5 inches and weighed
1 pound, 12 ounces.
The weight of the fish surpassed the previous record by
five ounces. The catch broke the record of 1 pound, 7
ounces, held by Bangor angler Kevin Nelson Strunk since
1991. Strunk caught his fish in Minsi Lake, Northampton
Pennsylvania certifies state records based on total body
weight. Potential record fish must exceed the established
mark by at least one ounce, as weighed on a certified scale.
To be considered for state record certification, a fish must
be caught using legal means, in season, from Pennsylvania
waters open to the public without charge or fee. Fish taken
from farm ponds, fee-fishing lakes, ponds or streams or in
waters restricted to use by club members or their guests do
not qualify. A biologist or Waterways Conservation Officer
from the Commission must examine the fish. The PFBC is the
only entity that can certify an official state record fish
in the Commonwealth.
More information on white perch can be found at fishandboat.com/white_perch.htm.
The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to
protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic
resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For
more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania,
please visit our website at www.fishandboat.com.