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Manage your Missouri streams to help this endangered species.

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News and Events

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"News and Events" for the November 2011 Missouri Conservationist.

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handfishing noodling box

Noodling Box

Wooden boxes are often dumped into lakes for illegal hand-fishing, and this one pulled from Truman Lake by agents had flathead catfish eggs. The eggs will not survive and hatch if males that guard them are grabbed off the nest.

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Greg Bernal with 130-pound blue catfish

Record Blue Catfish

Greg Bernal of Florissant made the new state-record and the new world-record blue catfish with this 130-pound giant on July 20, 2010.

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Record Blue Catfish

Record Blue Catfish

Record Blue Catfish

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This full-color, two-page brochure helps you identify Missouri's three most popular catfish--the blue, channel and flathead.

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Image of a slender madtom

Slender Madtom

Noturus exilis
Like all Missouri catfish, this species has smooth, scaleless skin and barbels (“whiskers”) around the mouth. In this species, the adipose fin forms a low, keellike ridge connected to the tail fin, rather than a flaplike lobe. All madtoms have sharp, sawtoothed pectoral spines that have a mild venom. Being stung or pricked by one of the spines cause a burning pain similar to a bee or wasp sting.

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State-record Blue Catfish

State-record Blue Catfish 7-20-10

State-record blue catfish

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A close-up photograph of a blue catfish held by a fisheries biologist

Study Catfish

This close-up photo shows a medium-sized blue catfish held by a fisheries biologist.

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