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Yellow Perch in Missouri waters

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I read Lilly's post about catching a yellow perch in Bull Shoals and looked into it a bit further. According to The Fishes of Missouri in the 30's the Missouri Fish Commission stocked several million yellow perch in Missouri's lakes and streams. My guess is that they have been around in a very small abundance since then.

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That's interesting! When I asked MDC why there were yellow perch in BS they had no answer. They said they had not stocked them in BS- kinda accused Ark of doing it (normal response- "they did it!"). So they MAY have been around for along time. Surprisingly, when I caught one 10+years ago, they said that was the first they'd EVER seen.

You never know.

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Yeah they had a similar responce to my dad and I about 15 years ago, when we reported seeing a Mt. Lion while coon hunting as a kid up around Amazonia, MO. We were trappers too so there was no mistaking this critter for a bobcat, lynx, coyote or any other critter. They just told us that Mt. Lions do not live in Missouri. Maybe AR put those up here too!

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The last story I heard was that Missouri traded with a Northern state for some Walleyes that were stocked in BS, and they think there were some Yellow perch fry mixed in.

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There are some in Forrest Lake in Thousand Hills State Park near Kirksville, Mo. No a huge population, but no a small one either. Great eating little buggers!!

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scuttle butt on how the yellow perch got in Bull Shoals is bait bucket release from those that ether

A wanted yellow perch in Bull Shoals for catching or walleye fodder OR

B where using them for bait for walleyes

it would be a great graduate student project to test the DNA and see where the perch came from

MO

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I don't have a problem with them being in there, just another game fish to chase. My partner caught the current state record about 1 1/2 yr ago while we were walleye fishing down there. 1st one we ever caught there.

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Caught one a few years back and no one belived me so when a buddy caught one while white bass fishing near Beaver I took it with me. (I used the have an aquarium of missouri fish) He got pretty big on a diet of feeder fish and lunch meat, but he died after about 6 months.

What is the current Yellow Perch record?

Has anyone caught these in any numbers?

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