World record catfish weighs in at 130 lbs.

CatfishGreg Bernal of Florissant (a suburb of St. Louis) holds the new official Missouri state record for blue catfish.  Bernal hooked the giant, which weighed in officially at 130 lbs, with pole and line in the Missouri River near Columbia Bottom Conservation Area at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 20.

Bernal’s catch bested the previous state pole and line record by 27 lbs. The huge blue cat also stands to topple the standing World Record by 4 pounds.

The fish measured 57 inches in length, and 45 inches in girth. It has been confirmed by Missouri Department of Conservation biologists as the new state record. Application for world record status has been submitted to the International Game Fish Association and is currently awaiting confirmation.

Thanks Bonnie


14 thoughts on “World record catfish weighs in at 130 lbs.”

  1. I would imagine that they would be mounting this record breaking baby. I saw a 103 lb salmon that was mounted and that was a monster. I’ve heard that catfish is pretty tasty although I’ve never tried it. (sorry Ana, this is an eatin’ fishy not a pet)

    • This was caught in my old stomping grounds. I’m very familiar with the area. It’s right at the confluence where the Missouri River meets the Mississippi. As a matter of fact, it’s less than ten minutes from the BABBQ location.


  2. Catfish are nasty fish to eat i caught one in utah and it had a condom in it uggh they eat anything.

  3. They won’t be stuffing or cooking that catfish. Outdoor Sporting Goods stores, like Bass Pro & Cabela’s will bid on this Missouri Blue Catfish and it will live out it’s days in an enormous fish tank for all to see. No worries. This Catfish will be well taken care of.

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