Booneville Angler Lands State Record
MDWFP PRESS RELEASE
JACKSON – On Monday, March 21, Wesley Cummings of Booneville was fishing in Mill Creek at Pickwick Lake near Iuka. While crappie fishing using a small pink jig, Mr. Cummings hooked and landed a large yellow perch. The fish was positively identified by Tyler Stubbs, a fisheries biologist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and was weighed on a certified scale. Mr. Cummings’ fish weighed 1.46 pounds, becoming the new Mississippi state record yellow perch! “Catching a yellow perch is rare, so the potential of seeing a new state record was unexpected and exciting. I was more than happy to certify the fish for Mr. Cummings,” said Tyler Stubbs.
Yellow Perch are native to the Tennessee River drainage. Due to the construction of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, this fish now occurs in the Tombigbee River drainage, particularly north of Fulton. Most yellow perch are caught by anglers who are fishing for crappie and bream