The extra mile to go ice fishing was worth it for Aurora resident Chase Jensen.
Jensen went to Bitter Lake, south of Waubay in Day County on March 7 and iced a state record yellow perch weighing in at 2 pounds, 13 ounces.
Jensen’s catch tops the previous state record yellow perch by a single ounce. That 2-pound, 12-ounce fish also came from Bitter Lake in 2004.
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According to a release from the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department, Jensen took advantage of late ice conditions which can send the panfish on a feeding frenzy prior to spawning season.
For a fish to qualify as a state record, anglers must have the fish identified by a state fisheries biologist and weighed on a certified scale. To see a list of South Dakota’s current hook-and-line state record fish and learn more about the specific qualifications for a record catch, visit gfp.sd.gov/fishing-boating/state-fish-records-list.aspx.