White perch, black buffalo are new state records in Michigan

Lansing — The Michigan DNR recently confirmed two new state records, a black buffalo and a white perch. This marks the second and third state-record fish caught in 2015.

The state record for black buffalo was broken by a fish caught by Sage Colegrove, of Muskegon, on the Grand River in Ottawa County on Sunday, April 12, at 1 a.m. Colegrove was bowfishing. The fish weighed 44.54 pounds and measured 38.50 inches. 

The record was verified by Rich O’Neal, a DNR fisheries biologist in Muskegon. 

The previous state-record black buffalo was caught by Joshua Teunis on Bear Lake in Muskegon County on June 15, 2014. That fish weighed 41.25 pounds and measured 38.25 inches. 

The state record for white perch was broken by a fish caught by Cindy Lou Cordo, of North Muskegon, on Bear Lake in Muskegon County on Saturday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m. Cordo was baitcasting with a spinner. The fish weighed 2.0 pounds and measured 13.57 inches. 

The record also was verified by O’Neal. 

The previous state-record white perch was caught by Aaron Slagh on Muskegon Lake in Muskegon County on Jan. 21, 2014. That fish weighed 1.93 pounds and measured 13.25 inches.

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