Missouri trotline angler lands largest walleye to date

Missouri trotline angler lands largest walleye to date
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation today announced a record-breaking walleye was caught from the Sac River earlier in May.

Angler Tim Morrisville says he caught the 7-pound, 8-ounce fish using a trotline. Officials say his record breaks the previous alternative methods record of 6-pounds, 14-ounces set in 2018.

“We run trotlines for catfish,” Stillings explained. “It’s somewhat of a dying art. A lot of people don’t do it anymore. But this was the first walleye we’ve caught on a trotline, and it happened to be a state record.”

Stillings said he considers this record a joint accomplishment with his friend, Jake Myers.

“Running trotlines is a lot of work,” he said. “Jake was the one who suggested that it could be a state record. I didn’t realize they had separate records for alternative methods.”

MDC staff verified the fish’s weight on a certified scale in Bolivar. Officials say this is the third state-record fish caught in 2022.

For more information on state-record fish, click here.