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Whiskered Wonders: Unraveling the Mysteries of Catfish

Presentation by Joe McMullen, Big River Specialist for Mo. Dept. of Conservation.

Joe will join us to give a history of catfishing on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, share some of the life history of these massive bottom-feeders and give an update on what biologists continue to learn about catfish populations on our big rivers.

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation

Time and Place

Tuesday, June 11, 2024
7:00 pm

New Venue! Riechmann Indoor Pavilion, Stephens Lake Park
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Presentation by Joe McMullen, Big River Specialist for Mo. Dept. of Conservation

Tuesday, June 11th at 7PM

Hosted by Missouri River Relief

If there’s one fish that people think of when they think of the Missouri River it’s gotta be the catfish. Which is actually three different species – blue, flathead and channel. Since the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) closed the commercial catfishery on the Missouri River in 1992, populations of trophy fish have taken off. And so has recreational trophy fishing with catfish tournaments exploding across the state. The current record for a blue catfish caught in the Missouri River is 130 pounds!

Biologists collect data on a Missouri River blue catfish. Photo courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Join Joe McMullen, Big River Specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, as he gives a history of catfishing on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, shares some of the life history of these massive bottom-feeders, and gives an update on what biologists continue to learn about catfish populations on our big rivers.

And if you’d like to try your hand at a new state record catfish…come to learn more about Missouri River Relief’s new Catfishing Gear Library which provides free catfishing gear and lessons!

 

Directions

  • Riechmann Indoor Pavilion, Stephen’s Lake Park – 2300 E. Walnut St. Columbia, MO 65201
  • From I-70, take exit 128 to U.S. 63 South.
  • Using second to right lane, follow signs to the on-ramp for U.S. 63 South.
  • Once on U.S. 63 South, you’ll be taking the first exit for Broadway/Hwy WW.
  • Take a right on Broadway for .9 miles.
  • Take a right onto Old 63 headed north.
  • Take a right onto E. Walnut St.
  • Riechmann Indoor Pavilion will be on your right. Park in front.

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