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Anne Arundel County Angler Sets New Freshwater State Record For White Perch
BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD — John Williams of Pasadena, Md. was fishing in Loch Raven Reservoir on Saturday April 5 when he hooked and landed a new freshwater state record white perch. John, accompanied by his brother and a friend, was targeting crappie using a shad dart minnow combination when he caught the sizeable perch.
“I knew it was a good fish, but was surprised when it turned out to be a large white perch,” Williams said. “We put in the ice chest with our other fish and I was thinking of fillets for dinner, but my brother kept saying ‘that is one whopper of a white perch – you should get it weighed.’”
Upon consulting the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website, Williams decided to have his fish weighed at Clyde’s Sport Shop in Baltimore, an official citation center. Weighing in at 1.62 pounds and measuring 14.25 inches long, Williams’ catch broke the previous freshwater white perch record – also caught at Loch Raven Reservoir – of 1.5 pounds, caught by Ross Galeano in September 2006.
“Mr. Williams’ white perch catch illustrates Maryland’s superb freshwater fishing opportunities,” said Fisheries Service Director Tom O'Connell. “This is especially true of Loch Raven Reservoir, a pristine locale in the heart of Baltimore County."
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April 8, 2008
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