A giant yellow perch and a huge white bass were declared new provincial records in the Ontario OFAH Record fish registry in mid-February.
Dominic Touchette of Summerstown, Ontario, caught a 2.52-pound yellow perch on Jan. 30, 2020. He was fishing on Lake St. Francis, which is part of the St. Lawrence River, when the 15.75-inch fish struck his McGathy’s Slab Grabber lure. Its girth was 12.25 inches. Touchette’s fish replaces the previous record, a 2.46-pound yellow perch caught by Joseph-Ryan Schnauss on Lake Erie, near Crystal Beach on May 27, 2018. That fish had a 13-inch girth and was 15.25 inches long.
Bryan Low of Ajax set a new provincial record for white bass with a 3.44-pound fish caught on a minnow. It was 17.75 inches in length with a girth of 14.5 inches and was caught in Lake Ontario near Pickering on Dec. 28, 2019. That replaces the previous record caught by Jim Zhang in Sturgeon Falls. That fish weighed 3.07 pounds and was 17.7-inches long with a girth of 14.4 inches.