Jonathan Randall of Smithville became a Missouri record holder when he shot a river carpsucker using a bow and arrow at Smithville Lake in early May.

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The new “alternative method” record river carpsucker taken by Randall weighed 9 pounds, 10 ounces, and measured 24 and ¾ inches. Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff verified the record-weight fish using a certified scale at Price Chopper in Smithville.

Randall broke the previous alternative-method state-record river carpsucker of 7 pounds, 12 ounces taken on Lake of the Ozarks in late April.

Missouri state-record fish are recognized in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods. Bowfishing is considered an alternative method and consist of a bow or crossbow that shoots arrows attached to a string so that the fish can be retrieved after they’re pierced.

Other alternative methods include: throwlines, trotlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, and atlatl.

Carpsuckers are nongame fish in Missouri.