St. Peters man catches state record fish from Missouri River

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A St. Peters man reeled in a state-record-matching fish from the Missouri River earlier this month.

The Missouri Department of Conservation reports that Anthony Rozniak caught a three-pound skipjack herring on Dec. 6 while fishing with his brother near St. Louis.

Rozniak and his brother were hoping to reel in catfish that day. His first catch of the day was a one-and-a-half-pound skipjack. Moments later, Rozniak enjoyed an even bigger surprise.

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“The very next cast was double that size,” he told MDC. “We had only been out fishing for 15 minutes by the time I caught it. I looked at my brother and said, ‘I hate to cancel our fishing trip, but we got a state record! We got to go!’”

MDC officials weighed the fish at their St. Louis regional office. MDC says Rozniak matched the pole-and-line record for a skipjack herring, also attained in 2017 and 2019 in the Osage River.

MDC says this is the fifth state-record fish caught in 2023.

“It’s funny because about five months ago, I did look through the list of state records and said to my brother, if we did break one, it would be a skipjack,” he told MDC. “I honestly never thought it would happen, but I feel extremely lucky.”

A skipjack herring is commonly around 12-16 inches long and usually doesn’t weight more than 3.5 pounds, per MDC.


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