Idaho Girl Ices World Record Perch

Idaho Girl Ices World Record Perch

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."

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.

Recommended for You


Costa Baffin Sunglasses Review

Chris Schneider - April 26, 2019

Made from 100% recycled fishing nets, the Costa Baffin's are a must-have for any serious...


Buzzbaits for Bass

Dan Johnson - February 02, 2015

To help you get a handle on it all, we offer the following rundown of top choices on the...


Sensational New Softbaits for Bass

Steve Quinn - April 22, 2019

Steve Quinn talks new softbaits for bass from Berkley.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

What's New from Cummings Nets?

There's more than meets the eye with new Cummings Nets Red Line. Find out what. With Mike Powell of Cummings and Game & Fish Editorial Director Adam Heggenstaller at ICAST 2019 in Orlando.

13 Fishing Omen Black Baitcasting Rod

Multiple time FLW Costa winner Jessi Mizell is no stranger to catching big Florida bass on a popping frog. As he tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead, with the new 13 Fishing Omen Black baitcasting rod, the job just got easier.

Awesome Spoon Bluegill System

Check out this deadly spoon system for big bluegills introduced by one of In-Fisherman's readers.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Other Fish

Must-Have Striped Bass Tackle

Rick Bach - May 04, 2017

It was an August evening and I was wading the flats in Brewster, MA with my cousin. Here you...

Pike & Muskie

How To Catch Pike In Spring

Dan Johnson - April 26, 2016

Spring is prime time for pike. The Prespawn and Postspawn periods offer excellent odds at...


Walleye Length To Weight Conversion Chart

Dr. Rob Neumann - January 03, 2017

Several methods are available to estimate the weight of a fish. Some use length as well as...

See More Stories

More News


Potential World Record Lake Trout Returned To Canada

In-Fisherman Online Staff - March 03, 2014

A potential world record lake trout caught from the Ontario side of Lac la Croix by a northern...


Navionics adds SonarChart Shading to its Platinum+ and HotMaps Platinum cartography

In-Fisherman - April 29, 2019

Navionics adds SonarChart Shading and HotMaps Platinum.


2017 Total Solar Eclipse and its Effect on Fishing

Lynn Burkhead - August 03, 2017

What effect will the Great American Eclipse have on fish when the skies grow dark across the

See More News

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.