ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY– A Bonne Terre man reeled in a new record for a river caprsucker. Steven Henson caught a 3-pound 14-ounce fish in the Mississippi River on June 1.
Henson was fishing with his pole-and-line when he caught the fish. The river carpsucker is considered a sport fish and is rarely taken on hook-and-line.
The previous record was for a 2-pounds 3-ounce fish caught on the South Grand River in 2008.
The river carpsucker is the most abundant carpsucker in Missouri. This species of fish is mainly found in the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and their major prairie tributaries.