GREENSBORO — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has certified that an all-time state record yellow perch was caught in Greensboro.
Vermont’s new record yellow perch, which weighed a massive 2.4 pounds, was caught by Keith Sherwood of Hinesburg while ice fishing on Caspian Lake.
The fish was 16 inches in length and had a girth of 12.5 inches. The fish topped the previous record of 2.1 pounds by over 4 ounces.
“2015 was another great year for record fish catches in Vermont,” said Shawn Good, fisheries biologist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “Anglers are really starting to understand the wide diversity of fishing opportunities we have throughout the state. Fishing in Vermont can go way beyond bass, trout and some of the other more commonly targeted species.”
New state records were also set in 2015 for redhorse sucker, cisco and bowfin.
“The Vermont Record Fish Program continues to serve as a testament to the health and quality of fisheries around the state,” said Good.
Good says many record fish programs in other states only see new records established every few years. In Vermont, anglers have been setting multiple records each year. Since 2010, 16 new records have been recognized, which is an astounding number.