The following information was excerpted from the Missouri Revised Statutes, Title 2, Chapter 10, Section 10.135.
TITLE II SOVEREIGNTY, JURISDICTION AND EMBLEMS
Chapter 10 State Emblems
Channel catfish state fish.
10.135. The channel catfish, scientifically designated as Ictalurus punctatus, is hereby selected for, and shall be known as, the official fish of the state of Missouri.
(L. 1997 H.B. 700)
Missouri Revised Statutes. Missouri General Assembly. 2009. 3 March 2009 <http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutesearch/>
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The Freshwater Angler: Catching Catfish, 192 pages. Creative Publishing International; 1 edition (March 1, 2000). Discover time-tested catfishing techniques including, stillfishing, driftfishing, trolling, jug fishing, limblining and noodling. See rods, reels and lines designed for catching these big cats. And learn a catfish's favorite foods, its seasonal movements, where it likes to live and how it uses its senses.
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