New Record Set: Angler Smashes 43-Year-Old Perch Catch in Lake Michigan
By angelamontana

Posted: May 8, 2024

Check it out: A Hoosier fisherman just made a splash with the biggest yellow perch catch Indiana’s seen in over four decades–from the shore!

Blas Lars cast his line into Lake Michigan during the Mayor’s Fishing Derby in Hammond on April 21. Little did he know, he’d soon reel in a whopping 3-pound, 2-ounce yellow perch. That’s not just any catch—it shattered a 43-year-old Indiana state record! The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (Indiana DNR) shared the exciting news on Facebook and in a press release.

Andrea Vacchiano with Fox News chimed in on the news and reported that “the current yellow perch world record is nearly 160 years old”, according to the International Game Fish Association, .

The heaviest-ever yellow perch was caught on May 1, 1865 – just over two weeks after President Abraham Lincoln was killed. The fisherman, Dr. C. Abbot, caught a 4-pound, 3-ounce yellow perch in Bordentown, New Jersey.

Talk about one heck of a catch–Cheers to Blas for making history on the water!

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