SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Anglers can use state fishing records as benchmarks

Monday, April 14, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. CDT

Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.

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The records: The Missouri Department of Conservation makes available the record sizes caught of each fish species in the state. The records include the date, location and weight of the catch, as well as information on the angler who caught it.  The document also includes rules and regulations anglers must abide by for their catches to be considered for records. 

Why you'd want them: Fishing is a popular pastime in the state of Missouri. Anglers could use this information as a benchmark for future fishing trips, to set goals and to gain knowledge on the locations of the state's largest fish.

Where you get the records: Go to

How much it will cost: The information is free.

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