Panfish Yellow Perch Idaho Girl Ices World Record Perch Dan Johnson January 19th, 2015 | More From Dan Johnson Share0 Tweet Email Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Tia Wiese’s world record perch measured a whopping 15.5 inches long, with a 12.75-inch girth. When 12-year-old Tia Wiese landed a behemoth yellow perch last March on Idaho’s Cascade Lake, she hoped it would break the state record. But little did the Eagle, Idaho, angler know her 2-pound, 11.68-ounce jumbo would eventually shatter a world benchmark as well. “We received confirmation January 12 from the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame that Tia’s fish has been recognized as a new ice-fishing world record for fish caught on a tip-up,” said her father, Gary, who was fishing with her at the time. A local firefighter, he savors spending time on the water with his daughter at every possible opportunity. “I knew it was a big fish, but setting a world record was a surprise,” said Tia, now 13. The father-daughter team paid their dues to land the portly perch. In fact, just getting out onto the ice was a challenge. “We had to back our trailer in the water and use ramps to get our four-wheeler on the ice,” Gary recalled, explaining that recent rains had raised the lake level, pulling the icepack away from the bank. “The rain also left water on the ice, which refroze in a thin crust, and we had to deal with that.” relatedDouble System Ice PerchCheck out this video: The In-Fisherman staff slips into fine-tuned-tinker mode, as they use two-timing tactics to ice yellow perch. Strong winds and a rain-sleet mix added to the adversity. “The conditions were pretty miserable,” Gary confided. Seeking shelter, the pair popped up their portable over 24 feet of water along a breakline leading up to a spawning flat brushed by current from an incoming creek. While jigging from the house, they watched tip-ups positioned along the break. At around 11 a.m., a flag tripped over 14 feet of water, triggering an epic battle that saw the trophy perch race 25 yards to foul their jigging lines before eventually being pulled onto the ice. “When I heard our lines going in the shanty, I knew it had gotten tangled in them,” Tia recalled. “We thought it was a tiger muskie at first,” Gary added. Gary and Tia Wiese with Tia’s new tip-up world record perch! After landing the fish, they rushed it to a certified scale for an official weight. “I missed breaking the state record by 4/100ths of a pound the week before,” said Gary. “We wanted it weighed right away.” The perch, which measured 15.5 inches long, with a 12.75-inch girth, was quickly certified as an Idaho state record. But it wasn’t until the following fall, while Gary was on a hunting trip to Wisconsin, that he realized the Hall of Fame had a tip-up category within its ice fishing division. “I spoke with director Emmett Brown while in Wisconsin, and he encouraged me to submit our application,” said Gary. As it turned out, their catch easily topped the existing record of 2 pounds, 6 ounces set by Roy Leyva on Massachusetts’ Sheep Pond in March of 2005. And ten months after icing the fish, the record was Tia’s. A true diehard, she declines to reveal specific details about the lure that felled the giant perch—other than, “It was a natural bait on a secret rig. I’d rather not say any more.” And who can blame her? With stellar numbers of supersize perch swimming the fertile waters of Cascade Lake, more than a few anglers are already gunning for her record. But who knows, it could be just a matter of time before one of Tia and Gary’s father-daughter dates ends with yet another record-class fish. GALLERY: 10 Top Perch Picks1 of 10<h2>1 Shoal Lake > Manitoba</h2>This untapped gem lies about 40 miles northwest of Winnipeg in the Interlake Region. Shoal Lake has formed as rising water has joined East, West, and North Shoal lakes, similar to the Devils Lake situation. It’s created a “new-lake” effect that’s spurred production of shrimp and other invertebrates that boost perch growth. Contact: Guide Dan Kiazyk, 866/228-3933, <a href="http://www.cateyeoutfitter.com" target="_blank">cateyeoutfitter.com</a>. <h2>1 Shoal Lake > Manitoba</h2>This untapped gem lies about 40 miles northwest of Winnipeg in the Interlake Region. Shoal Lake has formed as rising water has joined East, West, and North Shoal lakes, similar to the Devils Lake situation. It’s created a “new-lake” effect that’s spurred production of shrimp and other invertebrates that boost perch growth. Contact: Guide Dan Kiazyk, 866/228-3933, <a href="http://www.cateyeoutfitter.com" target="_blank">cateyeoutfitter.com</a>. <h2>2 Devils Lake > North Dakota</h2>As this vast lake in east-central North Dakota continues to expand, so does its perch population. Guide Jason Mitchell reports the highest numbers he’s seen in 20 years along with jumbos from the 2006 and 2007 year-classes. While ice fishing is most popular, it’s a fine spring and summer option, too. Contact: Guide Jason Mitchell, 701/662-6560, <a href="http://www.fishdevilslake.net" target="_blank">fishdevilslake.net</a>; Perch Patrol, 701/351-3474, <a href="http://www.perchpatrol.com" target="_blank">perchpatrol.com</a>. <h2>3 Mille Lacs > Minnesota</h2>Big perch spread across this 112,000-acre lake that’s endowed with fish-holding habitat from one end to the other. Late winter is prime time as perch fatten up by feeding on soft-bottom flats loaded with larval insects in 20 to 30 feet of water. Swiss-cheese these areas to find concentrations of big fish. You can do well with little company during the open-water season, too. After they spawn, fish shift from the edges of vegetation to basin flats. Contact: Guide Tony Roach, 763/226-6656, <a href="http://www.roachsguideservice.com" target="_blank">roachsguideservice.com</a>. <h2>4 Lake Waubay > South Dakota</h2>Excellent spawns have fueled Lake Waubay’s perch population, in northeastern South Dakota. Average size can run 12 inches, offering the best bite in years. In addition to 1,600-acre Waubay, check Pias and Middle Lynn lakes. Contact: Guide Cory Ewing, 605/929-3894, <a href="http://www.waubaylakeguideservice.com" target="_blank">waubaylakeguideservice.com</a>. <h2>5 Mississippi River > Wisconsin</h2>Perch grow big in the productive backwaters of the Mississippi River. Habitat improvement by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has increased aquatic plant coverage and perch have responded. Check areas on the Wisconsin side of Pool 9, near Genoa and DeSoto. Ice fishing is effective, and a great spring bite begins at ice-out. Contact: Guide John Bomkamp, 608/574-1580, <a href="http://www.johnbomkampfishing.com" target="_blank">johnbomkampfishing.com</a>. <h2>6 Lake Gogebic > Michigan</h2>Located in million-acre Ottawa National Forest, the largest lake in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a multispecies gem that yields big perch, along with walleyes, sunfish, and smallies. Perch are underfished and can top two pounds. Contact: Guide Barry “Bear’ Drews, 906/842-3361, <a href="http://www.ninepinesresort.com" target="_blank">ninepinesresort.com</a>; Lake Gogebic State Park, 906/842-3341, <a href="http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails" target="_blank">michigandnr.com/parksandtrails</a>. <h2>7 Lake St. Clair > Michigan-Ontario</h2>Expansive St. Clair offers vast numbers of “eaters,” but enough jumbos to keep you on your toes and hunting across its broad, shallow flats. Fishing peaks in late summer and fall, lasting into winter, with 50-fish limits not uncommon. Check weed-sand transitions and flats from 12 to 18 feet deep. Contact: Capt. Steve Jones, 586/463-3474, <a href="http://www.fishpredator.com" target="_blank">fishpredator.com</a>. <h2>8 Lake Erie > Ohio to New York</h2>With its outstanding bass and walleyes, Lake Erie is overlooked for panfish. But its expansive moderate-depth flats make ideal habitat for ringers that often run over a pound. Perch popularity peaks from Cleveland to Erie, Pennsylvania, but reports indicate a booming population east to Buffalo. In spring and fall, protected bays produce, but the bite for big fish transitions to deeper flats (25- to 40-foot range) in late spring. Contact: B.A.C. Bait and Tackle, 814/838-2850 (Pennsylvania); Capt. Frank Campbell, 716/284-8546, <a href="http://www.niagaracharter.com" target="_blank">niagaracharter.com</a> (New York); Erie Outfitters, 440/949-8934, <a href="http://www.erieoutfitters.com" target="_blank">erieoutfitters.com</a>; North Coast Charter Boat Association, <a href="http://www.northcoastcharter.com" target="_blank">northcoastcharter.com</a> (Ohio). <h2>9 Lake Simcoe > Ontario</h2>While heavy fishing pressure has admittedly taken a toll on Lake Simcoe’s production of jumbos, this big lake in south-central Ontario continues to be one of the best on the continent. Pressure peaks from January through March so good summer and fall options exist. Insiders note a growing conservation ethic, as anglers release ponderous female perch, keeping smaller but still worthy males, promising a bright future. Contact: Guide Greb Clatt, 416/580-2541, <a href="http://www.profishntanglingservices.com" target="_blank">profishntanglingservices.com</a>. <h2>10 Upper Chesapeake Bay > Maryland</h2>Thanks to habitat management by the Maryland DNR, the lower Susquehanna and North East rivers are emerging as prime perch fisheries. From mid-February to mid-March, staging fish move shoreward. Locals employ drop-shot rigs with bull minnows (killifish) or grass shrimp. Contact: Herb’s Tackle Shop, 410/287-5490. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Share0 Tweet Email Load Comments ( ) Don’t forget to sign up! Get the Top Stories from In-Fisherman Delivered to Your Inbox Every Week Even More Ice Fishing Show More Get the In-Fisherman Newsletter FREE! Get the top stories delivered right to your inbox every week. Best Fishing Times: Solunar CalendarRead Now! Advertisement LIKE WHAT YOU'RE READING? Get 8 issues for the low price of just $8! Subscribe!