The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said Joseph Matthew McWhorter of Lanett, Alabama was fishing in the river near Columbus when he caught the unusually large perch.
Jan. 11 (News) – Georgia wildlife officials confirmed that an angler broke a 45-year-old state record by hauling in an 8-pound, 5-ounce shellfish from the Chattahoochee River.
The department said McWhorter’s bass broke the state record of 8 pounds, 3 ounces, which has been in place since 1977.
Schooling bass is an official state river sport fish species in Georgia. They are native to the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers basins and were introduced to the Ocmulgee and Oconee Rivers.