MUSKEGON, Mich.—A Holland man has reeled in a Michigan record, with the help of a spoon.
On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Aaron Slagh caught a record-setting white perch from Muskegon Lake in Muskegon County. The fish weighed 1.93 pounds and measured 13.25 inches. Slagh was ice fishing with a spoon when he landed the record fish, which was verified by a biologist from the Muskegon field office.
“It was just another normal day on the ice for me, as I get out as much as I can,” said Slagh. “We were actually targeting yellow perch and I thought I had a walleye. When we pulled it up we thought ‘Holy cow – that’s a big white perch!’”
Michigan’s previous white perch record was set on July 13, 2002 by Kyle Ryan on Lake Huron. His fish weighed 1.88 pounds and measured 13.25 inches.
Slagh’s fish is the second state record-breaker caught this month.