St. Francois County angler catches state file river carpsucker



JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) congratulates Steven Henson of Bonne Terre on becoming the youngest river carp state record holder. Henson was fishing his pole-and-line on the Mississippi on June 1 when he caught the 14-ounce 3-pound fish. The previous record was a 2 pound, 3 ounce fish caught on the South Grand River in 2008.

The river carpsucker is the most abundant and widespread carpsucker in Missouri. This species is primarily found in the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and their main prairie tributaries in north and west Missouri. The river carpsucker is considered a sport fish and is rarely caught on hook and line.

The weighing of the fish was observed on site by MDC employees on certified scales. This is the sixth state record fish set in 2021.

Missouri State’s record fish are recognized in two categories: pole-and-line and alternate methods. Alternative methods are: throw lines, throw lines, shorelines, jug lines, spearfishing, catching, catching, gigging, grasping, archery and atlatl.