Royce Krummen has fished his way into the Iowa record books.
Krummen last month caught the state's largest yellow perch while ice fishing on a private lake in Dickinson County. The 16.4-inch, 2.79-pound catch bested the former record, a 16-inch, 2.7-pound yellow perch caught in 2012 by Travis Peterson of Dubuque.
"The bite was pretty slow when suddenly I saw the tip of my rod twitch. I lifted the rod slightly and set the hook," Krummen said. "The fish made one really good run and then I was able to bring it back. Once it was on the ice we realized its possible significance."
Krummen then had the perch measured and weighed at Kabele's Trading Post in Spirit Lake. Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Mike Hawkins and conservation officer Jeff Morrison verified the record-setting length and weight.
Perch can generally be found in the Iowa Great Lakes as well as the state's border rivers, according to the Iowa DNR.
The world record for largest yellow perch ever caught comes from New Jersey where, in 1865, a 4.3-pound whopper was caught.