State Record Catches Reported in Maryland, N.D.
May 01, 2017
Maryland and North Dakota reported new state record catches this month.
TheÂ Maryland Department of Natural ResourcesÂ confirmed a new white perch nontidal state fishing record was set April 7 by George Venker of Baltimore, a retired Bethlehem Steel worker.
Venker caught a white perch weighing 1.9 pounds atÂ Loch Raven ReservoirÂ in Baltimore County. He saidÂ fishes at the reservoir regularly and used a bottom rig and a nightcrawler to bring in his record catch, which measured 14.75 inches in length.
"At first I thought it was a catfish," Venker said. "I'm really proud. I'm going back to see if I can an even bigger one."
TheÂ catch broke theÂ previous recordÂ of 1.6 pounds held by James Stiars of Bel Air (August 2016).
Venker's record perch was weighed on a certified scaleÂ at seafood wholesaler Mr. Fish Inc. in Baltimore. Natural Resources biologist Erik Zlokovitz officially confirmed the species.
The department maintainsÂ state records for sport fishÂ in four divisions '“ Atlantic, Chesapeake, Nontidal and Invasive '“ and awards plaques to anglers who achieve record catches. Fish caught from privately-owned, fee-fishing waters are not eligible for record consideration.
New State Record Carp
North Dakota Game & Fish said in a news release that Derek Barnick set a state record with his 31-pound, 9-ounce common carp taken fromÂ Lake Etta-Alkaline with a bow and arrow.
It's the first state record broken so far on 2017, according to the news release.
The 36-inch fish broke the old record of 31 pounds taken by Austin Loberg of Thompson from the Sheyenne River in 2003.