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New State Record Northern Hog Sucker Caught On Current River

Photo by MDC Staff, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports Jeff Rowland of Poplar Bluff became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he gigged a northern hog sucker on the Current River in Ripley County. The new “alternative method” record fish caught by Rowland on Oct. 15 weighed 2 pounds, 8 ounces with a length of 18.3 inches. Rowland’s recent catch broke the previous state-record held by his cousin of a 2-pound, 3-ounce northern hog sucker gigged in 2010.

“I knew it was big fish when I gigged it, but I was shocked to see it outweighed the state-record,” Jeff Rowland said.


Once MDC gave Rowland confirmation he had a state record, Rowland said he was super excited. “I can’t believe I now hold the alternative methods state-record for northern hog sucker!” he said. “I am just glad it’s another Rowland holding the record.”

MDC staff verified the northern hog sucker’s weight by weighing on a certified scale in West Plains.

Missouri state-record fish are recognized in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods. Alternative methods include: throwlines, trotlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, archery, and atlatl. For more information on state-record fish, visit the MDC website HERE.

(Information from MDC release.)

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