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Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation

STONE COUNTY, Mo. — There has been another Missouri state record fish caught on Table Rock Lake. A news release from the Missouri Department of Conservation states on April 6, 2016, James Wright of Cape Fair caught an alternative-method record setting white bass on a trotline. It weighed in at 3-pounds, 4-ounces on the certified scale in Galena.

Wright tells the MDC, “I was in my new boat baiting hooks on a trotline, and out of nowhere something hit the line hard. I grabbed the line and yanked it, and then the fight was on. I finally got it in the boat after about three minutes and was totally shocked to see that it was a white bass.” James had been using shad as bait because he was trying to catch catfish. “Once MDC confirmed that the fish was a state record I was so excited,” he said. “This was my dad’s and my dream. I just can’t believe it came true! This is by far the biggest white bass I have ever caught on a trotline. I plan on having it mounted so I’ll never forget catching a fish like that.”

The Missouri Department of Conservation states MDC Fisheries Programs Specialist Andrew Branson says there have already been 6 new state records set so far this year. “The mild weather we have had so far this year means more anglers are fishing, and catching big fish,” says Branson.

The MDC says, “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.”

More information can be found on state-record fish by visiting the MDC website, http://mdc.mo.gov/fishing/state-record-fish.