On Friday, March 18, angler Jim Dain landed a 140-pound, 10-ounce paddlefish at the Lake of the Ozarks in southwestern Missouri that bests the current state record of 140-pounds, 9-ounces. Dain's catch is the second state-record fish caught this year after Josh Lawmaster shot an 8-pound, 5-ounce quillback from Table Rock Lake on March 15.
In a press release, the Missouri Department of Conservation congratulated Jim Dain on his record-setting Paddlefish catch. Andrew Branson, is a fisheries programs specialist with the Missouri Department of Conservation said:
Paddlefish definitely respond to the weather, and the snaggers know this. The best time for snagging is when water temperatures have risen to above 50 degrees and after rain with when stream water flows have increased. Water temperature combined with water flow gets the paddlefish up and moving.
Dain said that the fish yielded about 16 one-gallon bags of meat.
We’ve fried it, grilled it, and made paddlefish tacos the other night. We’ll be having paddlefish for a while!
Paddlefish - named for their large, paddle-shaped snouts - is a prehistoric species that can grow to seven feet and weigh more than 100 pounds. The paddlefish snagging season in Missouri runs from March 15 through April 30.
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