FORSYTH, Mo. – A big fish and a state-record certificate has made a recent fishing trip to Bull Shoals Lake memorable for Evan Miller.
While bowfishing on May 1, the Indianapolis resident harvested a 6-pound, 10-ounce quillback at Bull Shoals. A quillback is a member of the sucker family that’s found statewide, though it’s most common in the clear prairie streams of central and northeastern Missouri. Miller’s fish set the state record for quillback taken by alternative methods (the old mark was 1 pound, 14 ounces). The fish measured 23 ½ inches in length and had a girth of 16 inches. Miller’s catch was certified on scales at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery in Branson.
The Missouri Department of Conservation's State Record Fish program recognizes an angler’s top achievement – catching the biggest fish of that species in state history. Anglers who have fish that meet the criteria are awarded a plaque and will be entered onto the state record fishing list.
Anglers who catch unusually large fish but fall short of state record weight can get recognition through the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Master Angler Award program.