Missouri man catches state-record river redhorse fish

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Dan Schmitz caught the fish on April 15, 2016. (Source: Dan Schmitz and Missouri Department of Conservation)
Dan Schmitz caught the fish on April 15, 2016. (Source: Dan Schmitz and Missouri Department of Conservation)

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.”

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