WARSAW, Mo. -- A Warsaw, Mo. man is now in the record books for his Truman Lake catch.
Jason Reynolds broke the state record for a walleye on a jug line. Reynlds caught the fish on November 5. It weighed six pounds, 14 ounces. His recent catch broke the previous state record by 1 pound, 1 ounce.
“I first thought I caught a carp, but when I got the fish in the boat I realized I had caught a walleye,” Reynolds said. “I was in shock that I caught a large walleye.”
Reynolds was using bluegill for bait and trying to catch blue catfish when he caught the new state-record walleye.
Reynolds said he didn’t know the walleye was a state record until he checked the Missouri Department of Conservation's website when he got back to Osage Bluff Marine.
“I didn’t know I caught a state-record walleye until after I checked MDC’s website,” he said. “After I weighed my walleye and saw that I beat the record, I was super excited. It’s just so hard to believe I now hold two state records.”
Reynolds also currently holds the spotted bass alternative method state record for a fish taken by jug line.
“Lighting does strike twice in the same place,” he said. “I caught the walleye about hundred yards away from where I caught the spotted bass. It’s really unbelievable!”
MDC staff verified the walleye’s weight on a certified scale at Lost Valley Hatchery in Warsaw. This is the seventh state-record fish of 2018.
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.