The Missouri Department of Conservation reports Jason Reynolds of Warsaw became the most recent state-record-fish breaker in Missouri when he caught a walleye on a jug line on Truman Lake in Benton County. The new “alternative method” record fish caught by Reynolds on Nov. 5, weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces. Reynolds’ recent catch broke the previous state record by 1 pound, 1 ounce.

Reynolds was using bluegill for bait and trying to catch blue catfish when he caught the new state-record walleye. Reynolds also currently holds the spotted bass alternative method state record for a fish taken by jug line.

MDC staff verified the walleye’s weight on a certified scale at Lost Valley Hatchery in Warsaw. This is the seventh state-record fish of 2018. 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.(A form of spear throwing)

Courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation