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On Friday, February 7th, the Missouri Department on Conservation announced that a new state record yellow perch had been caught.
Tyler Halley of Maryville caught the new record fish on January 24th while fishing a private pond in Nodaway County with his uncle and family friends.
Enthused about the catch, Halley told the MDC that “I literally dove into the water and gave the fish a bear hug so it wouldn’t get away.”
Halley’s catch weighed in at a respectable 1 pound, 14 ounces. This was enough to displace the previous Missouri state record yellow perch, which weighed 1 pound, 11 ounces.
The previous record was caught in 2009.
Editor’s Note: Halley’s state record yellow perch was caught using pole-and-line. Missouri also awards state records for alternative methods.