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State Record Catches Reported in Maryland, N.D.

State Record Catches Reported in Maryland, N.D.

Maryland and North Dakota reported new state record catches this month.

George Venker with his Maryland state-record white perch (Maryland DNR image)

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources 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 at Loch Raven Reservoir in Baltimore County. He said 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."

The catch broke the previous record of 1.6 pounds held by James Stiars of Bel Air (August 2016).

Venker's record perch was weighed on a certified scale at seafood wholesaler Mr. Fish Inc. in Baltimore. Natural Resources biologist Erik Zlokovitz officially confirmed the species.

The department maintains state records for sport fish 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.

George Venker with his Maryland state-record white perch (Maryland DNR image)

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 from 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.

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