A Wisconsin man has shattered the state record for yellow bass after catching a (relatively speaking) massive two pound, 4.3 ounce whopper out of the Wolf River.
From this story in the Green Bay Press Gazette:
“…the 2-pound, 4.3-ounce yellow bass that Casey Bloom caught April 21 in the Wolf River by the Winneconne bridge might be as rare and impressive as any big muskie, bear or buck mounted above a Wisconsin bar. It’s just a matter of perspective. Consider: Bloom’s fish measured 15 inches long, nearly twice the length of most yellow bass. And at 2 pounds, 4.3 ounces, it’s about four times the species’ average weight. That’s a trophy by anyone’s standard.
_This yellow bass is also 2.3 ounces heavier than the previous state record, a 2-pound, 2-ounce giant caught more than 40 years ago by Madison’s Jim Thrun while ice fishing on Lake Monona. Thrun’s fish, caught Jan. 18, 1972, measured 14.4 inches.
Ok, I’ve got to admit, before I saw this story I had never even heard of a yellow bass, even though the white bass, which is apparently a close cousin, is my home state’s official state fish. Any dedicated yellow bass anglers out there?