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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: January 3, 2013

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov


Bret Preston, Wildlife Resources Section 304-558-2771 DNR.Wildlife@wv.gov

New State Record Yellow Perch

            SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The new state weight record for yellow perch now belongs to Joshua Wayne Estes of Hurricane, W.Va., according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the Division of Natural Resources. Estes caught the 14.5-inch, 1.93-pound fish at Summersville Lake in Nicholas County on December 1, 2012, using a live chub for bait. 

            His catch establishes a new West Virginia record for weight. The previous weight record for yellow perch was 1.83 pounds, caught by Charles Mayle from Tygart Lake in Taylor County in 1985. The length record for yellow perch of 15.44 inches still stands and was caught by Craig Hollandsworth from Summersville Lake in 2010.

            Anglers who believe that they have caught a state record fish should check the record listing in the current West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Fishing Regulations brochure.  The brochure also outlines the procedure to follow for reporting a state record catch.  This information is also available online at www.wvdnr.gov.