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Missouri Fishing Records - Fresh Water






Bighead Carp 80lbs 0oz Lake of theozarks Kyle Schneider 10/9/2004
Bigmouth Buffalo 56lbs 0oz Lock Loma Lake  Dr. W. J. Long 8/1/1976
Black Buffalo 53lbs 0oz Lake Wappapello  Marty R. Yount 4/6/1989
Black Bullhead 4lbs 11oz Binder Lake  Ron Miller 6/5/1977
Black Crappie 4lbs 8oz Private Pond  Ray Babcock 5/28/1967
Blue Catfish 103lbs 0oz Missouri River  Clarence H. Kerr 9/16/1991
Blue Sucker 9lbs 14oz Missouri River  Randy Christian 4/12/1997
Bluegill Sunfish 3lbs 0oz Private Pond Bevier Robert Giovanini 6/8/1963
Bowfin 19lbs 0oz Duck Creek  Clois Coomer 3/1/1963
Brown Bullhead 3lbs 3oz Lock Loma Lake  Greg Clanahan 4/25/1990
Brown Trout 26lbs 13oz Bull Shoals Lake  Rob Caudel 11/10/1997

Carp 50lbs 6oz Rothwell Park Lake  Russell Tarr 6/2/1996
Chain Pickerel 5lbs 1oz Clearwater Dam Spillway  George Burlbaw 11/4/1974
Channel Catfish 34lbs 10oz Lake Jacomo  Gerald Siebenmorgen 10/12/1976
Flathead Catfish 77lbs 8oz Montrose Lake Scott L Brown 4/28/2003
Flier Sunfish 0lbs 11oz Private Pond  Anthony Sifford 3/15/1991
Freshwater Drum 40lbs 8oz Lake of theozarks  Ronald P. Wagner 7/11/1996
Gizzard Shad 1lbs 6oz Truman Lake  Johnny L. Ash 6/5/2001
Golden Redhorse 2lbs 3oz Meramec River  Mike Jackson 6/27/1995
Goldeye 1lbs 7oz Des Moines River  James Dockery 4/6/2002
Grass Carp 69lbs 0oz Crowder S P Jim Shull 11/13/2002
Grass Pickerel 1lbs 3oz Old River (farm pond) Will Dougherty 3/20/2005
Green Sunfish 2lbs 2oz Stockton Lake  Paul Dilley 6/18/1971
Hybrid Striper 20lbs 8oz Lake of theozarks  Richard Slaybaugh 11/22/1986
Hybrid Sunfish 2lbs 3oz Private Pond  James Closson 6/12/1997
Largemouth Bass 13lbs 14oz Bull Shoals Lake  Marvin Bushong 4/1/1961
Longnose Gar 27lbs 0oz Bull Shoals Lake  Dale Davis 5/17/1999
Muskellunge 41lbs 2oz Lake of theozarks  Gene Snelling 3/9/1981
Northern Hog Sucker 3lbs 5oz Current River  David W. Cletcher 8/21/1988
Northern Pike 18lbs 9oz Stockton Lake  Gene Moore 4/26/1975
Paddlefish 139lbs 4oz Table Rock Lake  George W. Russell 3/15/2002
Rainbow Trout 18lbs 1oz Roaring River  Jason Harper 8/14/2004
Redear Sunfish 2lbs 7oz Whetstone Creek  Glenda Gollaher 5/28/1988
River Redhorse 8lbs 1oz Meramec River  Joe N. Tousignant 7/24/1995
Rock Bass 2lbs 12oz Big Piney River  William J. Rod 6/15/1968
Sauger 5lbs 1oz Osage River  John Hennessy 1/23/1994
Shorthead Redhorse 2lbs 14oz Truman Lake Gerald W. Wright 5/16/2009
Shovelnose Sturgeon 4lbs 0oz Des Moines River  James M. Dockery 6/3/2001
Silver Redhorse 5lbs 10oz Sac River  Teresa Meadors 3/23/2000
Smallmouth Bass 7lbs 2oz Stockton Lake  Kevin S. Clingan 12/18/1994
Smallmouth Buffalo 36lbs 12oz Lake of theozarks  Allen A. Schweiss 6/10/1986
Spotted Bass 7lbs 8oz Table Rock Lake  Gene Arnaud 4/6/1966
Spotted Gar 6lbs 0oz Boeuf Creek Brent Meyer 8/27/2005
Striped Bass 56lbs 5oz Bull Shoals Lake  Greg A. Blair 7/13/2008
Tiger Muskellunge 22lbs 0oz Stockton Lake  Ned Posenki 4/25/1986
Walleye 21lbs 1oz Bull Shoals Lake  Gerry Partlow 3/26/1988
Warmouth 1lbs 4oz Private Pond  Tony Fincher 7/31/1984
White Bass 5lbs 6oz Table Rock Lake  Scott Flood 3/19/2002
White Crappie 4lbs 9oz Private Pond  Samuel H. Barbee 3/5/2000
White Sucker 4lbs 8oz Lake Taneycomo  James Baker Jr. 9/1/1990
Yellow Bullhead 5lbs 13oz Private Pond  J.D. Hall 4/6/1986
Yellow Perch 1lbs 11oz Bull Shoals Vince G. Elfrink 5/3/2009


Missouri Fish and Game Website

Missouri anglers love their catfish
Missouri anglers love their catfish, and it's easy to understand why. A big catfish is a strong fighter, and fried catfish is hard to beat at the supper table. Because they are so easy to catch, catfish are many Missourians' first fish—an event no angler forgets.

Next Generation of ConservationTalk About Outdoor Recreation
Whether your idea of outdoor fun is birding, hunting or fishing, you'll find timely tips and talk about it here. Send your comments and follow related links.  If you're new to catfishing, use these pages to stay up-to-date with regulations, learn to identify Missouri's catfish and find good catfish waters. This mini-site also covers safe, ethical and reliable methods for catching catfish.

Even if you aren't itching to angle (and why aren't you?), have fun using this site to explore the world of these amazing "whiskered" fish.

How They Got Their Name

Catfish are probably named for the four pairs of long, slender, flexible barbels that look like cat whiskers near their mouths. The barbels are loaded with taste buds. Catfish have very poor eyesight and rely on taste, touch and smell to locate food.

A Word of Caution
Contrary to any fish tales you might have heard, the whiskers of catfish are harmless to touch. However, catfish can inflict painful wounds with their sharply pointed pectoral or dorsal spines. Some species even have glands at the base of these spines that secrete a toxin and can produce a painful reaction in anyone who is "stuck" by one of these spines.

It isn't hard to imagine pre-settlement Native Americans gathering to see huge catfish caught from Missouri’s rivers. When the settlers arrived, they commonly pulled catfish weighing more than 100 pounds from Missouri’s rivers and streams. Missouri's nineteenth-century history is full of such accounts.

For example, in 1854 P. R. Hoy wrote to the Smithsonian Institute about a 136-pound catfish caught from Grand River near Chillicothe. In November 1879, Dr. J. G. W. Steedman, chairman of the Missouri Fish Commission, received a request from the United States National Museum for a large Mississippi River catfish. He sent a reply accompanying the fish: "Your letter requesting the shipment to you of a large Mississippi Catfish was received this morning. Upon visiting our market this P.M., I luckily found two–one of 144 pounds, the other 150 pounds. The latter I ship to you by express." Captain William L. Heckman, in his book Steamboating Sixty-five Years on Missouri’s Rivers, mentions a 315-pound blue catfish pulled from the Missouri River near Morrison.

In the years since these accounts, unrestricted harvest and habitat alterations such as channelization kept catfish from reaching their full growth potential. Recent management efforts have made large catfish more common. Our hope is that, one day, 100-pound catfish may be fairly common again.

Diversity and Distribution
Missouri is home to 15 native species of catfish, including channel catfish, blue catfish, flathead catfish and three species of bullheads. Black and yellow bullheads are common across the state. The only confirmed, self-sustaining population of brown bullheads is at Duck Creek Conservation Area and the adjoining Mingo National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Missouri. Though overlooked by many anglers, bullheads are eager biters and taste great. They provide lots of angling pleasure for many Missourians.

The remaining nine native species are collectively referred to as "madtoms." These small, secretive catfish live primarily in our small streams, and they rarely exceed 6 inches in length. You won't see them unless you make a special effort to catch them. Read more about madtoms here.

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