JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – A Jefferson City man has set a new state record and may have broken a world record after hauling in a river redhorse on Tavern Creek nearly two weeks ago, the Missouri Department of Conservation said.
Dan Schmitz caught the fish April 15 using a rod and reel. He said it took about 10 minutes for him to bring the fish over to the creek bank. The fish weighed in at 9-pounds, 13-ounces on an MSD-certified scale in Jefferson City.
Schmitz’s fish broke the previous state “pole and line” record of 9-pounds, 10-ounces in 2006 from the Osage River.
The catch also tops the current world record of 9-pounds, 8-ounces in June 2014 from the Muskegon River in Michigan.
River redhorse fish are mostly found in the Ozarks. The MDC describes them as a “moderately chubby, coarse-scaled fish with a dorsal fin containing 12 or 13 rays.”