Feb 17, 2015

State record perch caught in Boysen Reservoir

Wyoming has a new state record yellow perch.

Casper angler Troy Schnepper who reeled in a 2.28 pound yellow perch the first week of January was jigging through the ice at Boysen Reservoir.

Schnepper’s fish was 15.25 inches long and had a girth of 12.5 inches. It bested the previous state record, which had stood since 1991, by a little more than an ounce.

Casper angler Troy Schnepper poses with his record-setting perch. Courtesy photo

Schnepper has the distinction of being the only person in Wyoming now holding two state fish records. He is the current black crappie record holder for a fish he caught two years ago, also out of Boysen Reservoir.

Schnepper, who fishes Boysen often, said he was fishing primarily for crappie, jigging a small spoon tipped with a minnow head when the perch struck. He said the fishing had been good and he had earlier caught three 15-inch crappies, each weighing around two pounds. When the perch took his lure, he thought it was a walleye and on landing the fish thought it might be a new state record. His fish was confirmed as the new record later that day after being weighed on a certified scale, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department said.

Perch are found in a number of waters in Wyoming.

The world record caught in New Jersey in 1865, weighing four pounds, three ounces, has been the longest standing fish record in North America.

A complete listing of Wyoming state record fish is on the Game and Fish website at wgfd.wyo.gov.

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