The world record perch was caught in 1865 in the Delaware river 4 lbs 3ozs the michigan state record is 3.75 lbs 21 inches caught in 1947 lake Independence Marquette, MI. This info was in the michigan D.N.R. web sight . If the story is true there would be a new state record !
I think the "Lakeside Fishing Report" is where the info came from.....and you're right,..I've caught some huge perch while bass fishin'....a 4lbr would be awesome....if it were my fish,..I'd make every attempt to keep it alive and make a bee-line to BPS to put it in the tank!! A fish like that needs to be "displayed"...and not "fileted"...ahahahaha
I went to the Boat and Fishing Show this afternoon and I asked Dan from Lakeside about it and he said that a big perch being caught like that was news to him. He is not sure who started the rumor but he was quite amused by it. I bet it increased the traffic in his store some. Hmmmmm??
No kiddin??!!...The guy that told me about it said he heard it on Lakeside's fishing report,..and he calls that number EVERY day!!..ahahaaha....Ohwell,..a 3.5lb 17" perch is a TOAD regardless....even if it isn't a state record....man that's the size of a walleye,...I would @#$ my pants if I caught a perch that big!!! UNREAL!!
You can't see my lips right now. I think I remember catching a 13 lb smallmouth yesterday through the ice on the Grand River in the bottomless hole. NEW WORLD RECORD!!! I think I weighed it at the local tackle shop. You know the one... Somebody, please announce this on the Bass Fishing Home Page, will you?