Missouri has two new fishing records — both by alternative methods — the state wildlife agency reported.
According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, Isaac Bohm, 13, of Huntsville, set the state’s first alternative-method record for yellow perch, and Joshua Lee of Bernie broke the bowfishing record for black buffalo.
Bohm caught the fish at a private pond in Randolph County on May 11 using a trotline.
At 10 ounces, it is the first yellow perch to meet the minimum weight requirement set by MDC’s Master Angler Award. The perch’s weight was verified on a certified scale in Moberly.
Missouri state-record fish are recognized in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods. Alternative methods include: throwlines, trotlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, archery, and atlatl. For more info, visit the MDC website.
Lee’s record 76-pound black buffalo was shot while bowfishing at Duck Creek Conservation Area Pool 1 in Stoddard County on April 21. The previous record weighed 74 pounds. MDC staff verified the fish’s weight using a certified scale in Bernie.
Black buffalo are the largest species of suckers in Missouri. Sucker fish live on the bottom of lakes, rivers, and streams and feed on mainly invertebrates and plants. They are found in a majority of rivers and lakes throughout most of Missouri.
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