Wappapello man sets record for yellow bullhead
Michael Williams of Wappapello recently broke the state record for yellow bullhead by shooting a 2-pound, 4-ounce champion while bowfishing on Duck Creek in Bollinger County. The new “alternative method” record fish caught by Williams on April 23 weighed 2 pounds, 4 ounces with a length of 14.75 inches. Alternative methods include throwlines, trotlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, archery and atlatl. Williams’ recent catch broke the previous state-record of a 1-pound, 1-ounce caught in 1993. MDC staff verified the yellow bullhead’s weight on a certified scale in Puxico.“Bullheads are a short, chubby catfish that seldom get bigger than 18 inches. They are nongame fish that are commonly used for bait,” said MDC fisheries programs specialist Andrew Branson. Learn more about yellow bullhead on MDC’s website at https://bit.ly/2G3lqFr. For more information on state-record fish, visit the MDC website at http://on.mo.gov/2efq1vl.