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State Records: Walleye in Montana; Redear in Missouri

Walleye eclipses 14-year-old record; Bow angler beats friend's sunfish mark.

State Records: Walleye in Montana; Redear in Missouri

Trevor Johnson with his Montana state-record walleye. (Photo courtesy of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks)

Montana has a new state fishing record for walleye, after an 18-pounder was boated on May 10.

The state Fish, Wildlife & Parks agency reported that Trevor Johnson of Helena caught the record on a jig at Holter Lake. The certified weight was 18.02 pounds, beating the previous record of 17.75 pounds, caught in 2007 at Tiber Reservoir.

Johnson's fish measured 32.325 inches and had a girth of 22 inches.

It was the seventh state record reported in Montana since August 2020.

More on Montana fishing records can be found here.

Alex Phillips of Ash Grove is the fifth state record holder of 2021 in Missouri after shooting a 2-pound, 1-ounce redear sunfish April 28. (Photo courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation)

Bow Angler Beats Friend’s Record

A Missouri man beat the previous alternative-methods record held by his friend when he arrowed a 2-pound, 1-ounce redear sunfish at Table Rock Lake on April 28, two years to the day after the friend shot a then-record 1-12 redear. Alex Phillips was fishing with friend Josh Cole when he caught the record.

"It's quite a story," Phillips said in a Missouri Department of Conservation news release. "I’m a fabricator and had just finished outfitting Josh's boat for bowfishing. He asked if I wanted to go out with him that night, so I did, and we ended up shooting a lot of fish. Things were slowing down when Josh said he wanted to check that spot where he caught his record sunfish. I just happened to see four of them together – one of them looked like a dinner plate!"

The catch was verified by MDC on a certified scale at Chesapeake Fish Hatchery near Mount Vernon. It is the fifth Missouri state-record fish so far on 2021.

For more information on state record fish can be found here.

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