Stoddard County angler swipes state record for black buffalo

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Joshua Lee broke the state record by catching a 76-pound black buffalo shot in Stoddard County.

Lee, a Bernie resident, shot the whopper of a fish while bowfishing at Duck Creek Conservation Area Pool 1 April 21. The previous record weighed 74-pounds.

MDC staff verified the fish’s weight using a certified scale in Bernie.

“That’s a big fish – even for one of Missouri’s largest species of suckers,” said MDC Fisheries Programs Specialist Andrew Branson. “Congratulations to Joshua on smashing the state record!”  

Sucker fish live on the bottom of lakes, rivers, and streams. They feed by sucking up mainly invertebrates and plants. These fish are found in a majority of rivers and lakes throughout most of Missouri.

Suckers are one of the dominant groups of large fishes in Missouri waters. In many streams, their total poundage may exceed that of all other fishes combined.

Joshua Lee of Bernie shows off his state-record 76-pound black buffalo shot at Duck Creek Conservation Area Pond 1 April 21.

Joshua Lee of Bernie shows off his state-record 76-pound black buffalo shot at Duck Creek Conservation Area Pond 1 April 21.

Missouri state-record fish are recognized in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods. Alternative methods include: throwlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, archery, and atlatl.

For more information on state record fish, visit http://bit.ly/2efq1vl.