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Lake: Blue Mesa Reservoir
Fish: Yellow Perch

4 MA Perch in One Day

Post By: SGM      Posted: 8/28/2017 10:06:06 AM     Points: 4038    
Good perch fishing is hard to beat but add in 4 MA fish in one day and it is a fantastic day. First fish of the day was a 12.25 inch MA for me so that was cool but then my wife hit her first MA perch ever at 12.5 inches. I ended up with 2 more at 12 1/8 and a 12.5 incher too. Had to move a lot to find active fish but was worth it. All total we had 33 over 9 inches we kept and 15 of those where over 10 inches. I weighed the filets just before packaging and we where right at 6 pounds of perch for the table. For sure perch tonight and taking some west to enjoy a nice perch, salmon and halibut fry over at Diggins this weekend.

NOT saying where but under 30 FOW, points and gold or firetiger jigs tipper with worms did the job. A few on dead stick but jigging was more productive.
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: Aug. 28, 10:12:10 AM     Points: 118    
Nice! Congrats to you and your wife on a great day together!
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: Aug. 28, 10:17:25 AM     Points: 4038    
One More of the MA Fish.
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: Aug. 28, 11:52:18 AM     Points: 543    
mmmm... tacos....

Good stuff buddy!
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Aug. 28, 12:52:23 PM     Points: 27094    
Looks like an awesome day out!
 Reply by: LTC Deano      Posted: Aug. 28, 1:45:22 PM     Points: 155    
Nice fish SGM, love to see some nice perch being caught, especially some toads like that.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: Aug. 28, 2:20:53 PM     Points: 15275    
Nicely done and congrats to the wife! Bon appetit!
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: Aug. 28, 6:53:37 PM     Points: 516    
Perch tacos. Yum. Great job Russ.
 Reply by: catfishking      Posted: Aug. 28, 6:56:42 PM     Points: 367    
Nice job on the perch I'll be up there next week Tuesday thru Thursday can't wait
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: Aug. 28, 8:58:03 PM     Points: 225    
Dang nice you two! Glad to see there's still some in the good spots. Perch, n dove poppers n pork chops along with the Alaskan fare. Sounds like a heluva feast let alone the fishing and shooting!
 Reply by: Gunny Airborne      Posted: Aug. 28, 9:21:05 PM     Points: 3387    
Sgt Major,

very impressed ,

you guys definitely got em dialed in.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: Aug. 28, 9:44:52 PM     Points: 1220    
Way to go Russ! Nice perch fer sure.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: Aug. 29, 7:22:07 AM     Points: 4038    
Thanks all, some of those lovely filets found a nice warm home in the grease then my belly last night. The rest will get the warm bath sooner than later.
 Reply by: NerkaNerd      Posted: Aug. 29, 5:06:55 PM     Points: 165    
Maybe I missed this and you already explained it, but what does "MA" stand for? I'm assuming it means nice sized fish, but that would be NSF. My apologies for me ignorance.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: Aug. 29, 5:22:57 PM     Points: 1220    
MA=Master Angler award.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: Aug. 30, 7:47:45 AM     Points: 4038    
Thanks Ski, Yes the Master Angler Program. You can read all about it on page 8 of the fishing brochure.
 Reply by: NerkaNerd      Posted: Aug. 30, 8:29:13 PM     Points: 165    
Ah! Yes, I've read about that. I thought it was more of a catch and release thing, though. Glad you're keeping the perch in Blue Mesa as they definitely need thinned and culled. One CPW biologist I spoke to last year who was running the gillnet survey estimated there may be up to 2 million perch, but only 50,000 or fewer lake trout, and well under 500,000 salmon. Thanks for the clarification on MA and great job finding the bruiser cruisers! Appears it won't be long before the state record yellow perch comes out of Blue Mesa.
 Reply by: oldguy      Posted: Aug. 31, 11:59:22 AM     Points: 207    
Nice job there Russ. Do you think that you can find them through the ice this year?
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Aug. 31, 12:05:31 PM     Points: 21415    
Really nice bag of fish there!! Congrats!

You'll hear the MA program referenced around here, while it is a C&R program if you would like an actual award from CPW... You will also see it referenced as a benchmark for a larger than normal fish.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: Aug. 31, 1:02:55 PM     Points: 4038    
Thanks again guys.

The program has 2 sides, catch and release and catch and keep.You can get one of each or the patches in a year but as many of the certificates depending on how many qualifying fish you catch. I normally only put in for one of each species per year unless I get something really large compared to the first fish I submitted. Some people don't care either way about the program but I like it and think it is even cooler for kids.

Oldguy: sure hope to find them thru the ice this year. Last year was strange as we had them pretty well dialed in late open water and first ice but then I think they played snow birds and moved to Arizona in January. Wont be back out until after muzzle loader elk season so guess we will see how it goes.


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