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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Fishing is a popular sport in the Midwest and across the United States. Some of our most popular articles over the past year have been fish stories. But, these are not the inflated tales that come back after a weekend at the lake. Some anglers in Missouri have reeled in record-breaking fish and rare catches.

We have collected some of the best stories featuring local anglers over the past year for your reading pleasure. There are some bonus items at the end of this list. We spotted some of them during shark week this summer.

The top ten Missouri and Illinois fish stories for 2021:

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