The Missouri Division of Conservation simply added two new file fish into its State Record Fish Program. Josh Lawmaster’s quillback and Jim Dain’s paddlefish had been each caught utilizing alternative methods final week, and the information had been formally confirmed by the company on March 23.
Lawmaster turned the primary state-record holder of 2022 when he arrowed an 8-pound, 5-ounce quillback on Desk Rock Lake on March 15. The Missouri resident told MDC that he was out together with his bowfishing workforce concentrating on frequent carp when he shot the quillback, a species of carp that’s usually confused with a river carpsucker.
“We knew it was [a] fairly good measurement,” Lawmaster instructed MDC. “But it surely wasn’t till the subsequent morning we had been eager about it and determined to contact the division.”
After bringing within the quillback, MDC employees verified the fish’s weight on a licensed scale in Springfield. The 8-pound, 5-ounce fish broke the earlier file of 7-pounds, 10-ounces that was set in 2015.
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The second state-record fish of 2022 was landed three days later on the Lake of the Ozarks. Jim Dain of Pittsfield, Illinois, snagged the monster paddlefish whereas on a fishing journey together with his household, in keeping with a press release from MDC.
“We weren’t having a lot luck however determined to fish for one more hour, so we took one other flip,” Dain stated. “And that’s when the drag on the reel began. It felt like there was a tree on the road!”
Dain went on to clarify that it took at the least 20 minutes to land the fish. Again on the ramp, he simply occurred to run into a neighborhood angler by the identify of Steve Henson, who presently holds the state file for a river carpsucker. Henson instructed Dain to contact MDC, and when he did, the company directed him to Tom’s Slaughterhouse in Montreal, which had a scale large enough to weigh the behemoth.
Dain’s fish weighed in at 114-pounds, 10-ounces, which barely edged out the earlier state-record paddlefish by one ounce.