Harrisburg, PA — Enduring a cold, rainy, blustery March day paid off for angler Jeffery Matts of Erie. Matts caught a 2 pound 11 ounce yellow perch that day. His catch has been named the new state record for the species by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). The new record, which measured 15 3/8 inches, was caught in Presque Isle Bay in 11 feet of water.
“After a long winter of ice fishing and knowing you need to be there when the fish turn on, I broke down and decided to go fishing with my best friend Rob,” said Matts. He said the old saying “Wind from the East, fish bite the least” didn’t deter the two anglers. After catching two fish in a couple of hours he decided to move the boat to another spot. Shortly after setting anchor, Matts dropped a jig tipped with a minnow. While rigging another rod, the new record struck. Matts landed the fish, placed it in a livewell, and continued to fish. He realized how big the fish was when he arrived home and started to clean his catch.
Matts’ catch exceeds the previous record by 2 ounces. That fish was caught in February 2001 by Keith Meck of Macungie while ice fishing at Beltzville Lake, Carbon County.
Sam, Lycoming County North Central PA NAFC Life Member ,Angler Legacy Ambassador