By Steve Weisman

Little did 43-year-old Royce Krummen of Lake Park realize when he went fishing shortly after noon on Saturday, February 16 that he would end up catching the fish of a lifetime and possibly the new Iowa state record for perch.

It all happened about mid-afternoon. Fishing a northwest Iowa area pond with a friend, Krummen was jigging a small pink/yellow jig tipped with a wax worm. First came the slight dip of the rod tip. At the sight, Krummen raised the rod tip, felt the bite and set the hook. Solid! Krummen remembers, “The fish made one good run, and then I was able to bring it back toward the hole. When I got it close to the bottom of the hole, I saw the tail and thought it must be a big perch. Then I thought it was maybe a bass. Finally, when I got its head to the hole, I saw it was definitely a big perch!”

It was big enough that he began checking on the Internet. The state record was a 16 inch/2.7-pound perch taken from Pool 12 on the Mississippi River. Krummen realized that his perch was definitely in the state record ballpark.

“My first thoughts were to either throw it back or put it on the wall.” Either way, he wanted to get a measurement and weight on the trophy perch. Continue reading –

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