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"It is always exciting for anyone to reel in a state record and this reminds us that Georgia is such a fantastic place for anglers because there are so many fishing opportunities and resources available," says WRD Fisheries Management Chief John Biagi. "We hope that the recognition of this new state record will inspire experienced and novice anglers to get out and go fish Georgiaŭs numerous lakes and rivers."
Yellow perch (Perca flavescens) are members of the perch family, which includes darters, sauger and walleye. They have a golden yellow body, with 6-8 dark vertical bands from back to belly. They prefer cool water lake environments, but also are found in large rivers and ponds. Their typical diet includes small fish, aquatic insects, small crayfish, snails, midgefly larvae and mayflies. They are great to eat and can be prepared in a variety of ways.
According to the recently published 2008 Georgia Fishing Prospects, some great places to catch a yellow perch this year include the Chattahoochee River (between Buford Dam and Peachtree Creek), Lake Rabun, and if this recent catch is any indication - the Savannah River! The world record weight is 4 lbs. 3 oz. caught in New Jersey in 1865.
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