JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Joshua Lee caught a record-breaking 76-pound black buffalo fish in Stoddard County last month.  Lee shot the massive fish while bow-fishing at Duck Creek Conservation Area Pool 1 on April 21. 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) verified the fish’s weight using a certified scale and said the previous record weighed 74-pounds. 

“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 and feed by sucking up mainly invertebrates and plants. 

These fish are found in a majority of rivers and lakes throughout most of Missouri.

For more information about state record fish, visit the Missouri Department of Conservation website

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