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Missouri’s Biggest Catches: Pole-and-Line Record Fish Set in March 2024

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 25, 2024
Angler in Missouri reels in world record bighead carp

In March 2024, George Chance of Festus set a new state record after catching a massive 97-pound bighead carp from the Mississippi River. While fishing for catfish with a bottom-bouncing crankbait, Chance hooked into the fish and fought it for around 20 minutes before getting it onto the shore. Initially thinking it could be a flathead based on how it was fighting, Chance estimated it to be around 50-60 pounds. However, when he took the fish to a nearby recycling center to use their scale, he was informed that not only was it a state record, but also a world record for bighead carp caught with a pole-and-line.

This is the third state record fish recorded in Missouri in 2024. Chance plans to enjoy his catch by using it as fertilizer in his garden for tomatoes and cucumbers. The carp was full of eggs and likely would have spawned in the spring, highlighting the need to manage invasive fish species like bighead carp. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages people to harvest carp to help remove them from Missouri waters.

State record fish in Missouri are recognized in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods like trotline, throwline, limb line, and more. For more information on state record fish and how to apply for recognition, visit the MDC website.

By Samantha Nguyen

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