Outdoors: Record yellow perch caught

Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce Clinton Mills of Ravenswood is shown with his state-record yellow perch. The fish was caught Feb. 24 at Summersville Lake and was 14.5 inches long and weighed 2.04 pounds.

CHARLESTON — An angler from Ravenswood has caught a new state-record yellow perch, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced.

The fish was caught by Clinton Mills of Ravenswood on Feb. 24 while fishing from a boat on Summersville Lake in Nicholas County. The yellow perch was 14.5-inches long and weighed 2.04 pounds.

Mills, who caught the fish on a 10-pound test line with live bait, established a new West Virginia record for weight, exceeding the 1.93-pound fish caught by Joshua Estes from Summersville Lake in 2012.

Anglers who believe that they have caught a state record fish should check the record listing in the 2019 Fishing Regulations brochure. The brochure also outlines the procedure to follow for reporting their catch. This information is also available online at www.wvdnr.gov.