MORRISVILLE, Mo. (Edited Press Release) — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulated Tim Stillings of Morrisville on catching a state-record walleye.
He caught the 7lb, 8oz walleye on May 16 with a trotline out of the Sac River. His record breaks the previous alternative method record of 6 pounds, 14 ounces set in 2018.
“We run trotlines for catfish,” Stillings explained. “It’s kind of a dying art. A lot of people don’t do it anymore. But this was the first walleye we caught on a trotline and it happened to be a state record.”
Stillings said he considers this record a shared achievement with his friend Jake Myers.
“Running trotlines is a lot of work,” he said. “Jake was the one who suggested it might be a state record. I didn’t know they had separate records for alternative methods.”
Conservationists checked the weight of the fish on a certified scale in Bolivars. The catch is the third state record fish caught in 2022. Stillings said he has filleted and frozen the fish for eating but plans to have a replica made.
“For those who ask where I caught it, straight into the mouth,” he laughed.
Missouri State record fish are recognized in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods. Alternative methods include trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line, jug line, gig, bow, armbow, underwater spearfishing, snagging, snaring, grabbing, or atlatl.
For more information on state record fishing, see http://bit.ly/2efq1vl.
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