Gigantic Black Crappie Sets New State Record

Although we are a Canadian company, we do like hearing news stories from around the globe. This one is a dandy!

We are quite sure that most anglers dream of catching a record-sized fish; heck we do all the time. But few ever attain that goal. David Burruss, who owns Clear Lake Outdoors in Lakeport California, attained that very goal on Feb. 17, 2021 and while doing so, had his eyes completely opened when he saw a 4-pound, 5.44 oz Black Crappie coming to the surface of Clear Lake. This fish has broken a long-running previous record for the state of California by Wilma Honey in 1975, on New Hogan Lake. That fish weighed 4 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 17 ¾ inches in length and had a 16-inch girth.

From what we have found, Burruss wasn’t even targeting Crappie at the time of the capture. He was bass fishing. Although Crappie purists will have something to say about this (a fluke, no skill etc.) by the credentials of Burrus, he knows his way around the water.

What does not surprise us in this story however is the fact that Burruss saw his record Crappie on his Garmin LiveScope setup. We are betting that a Crappie that big, would very much resemble a bass. Burruss said there were two more fish the exact same size suspended with his record fish, but they would not bite. It proves

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  1. No doubt as the article indicates, David Burruss, who owns Clear Lake Outdoors in Lakeport California, attained a Black Crappie state record on Feb. 17, 2021. A4-pound, 5.44 oz fish coming to the surface of Clear Lake. A once in a life time experience that will go down in the history books.

    The official guide to world salt- and freshwater fish records is the World Record Game Fishes, published annually by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), which maintains records for nearly 400 species around the world. The records are categorized, with separate records for juniors, for the type of tackle and line used, for fly fishing, and locality records. The IGFA also organize the world saltwater championship tournaments.

    Some of the biggest crappies ever caught weigh about 5 -6 pounds, so any crappie that weighs over 5 pounds should be presented for DNA testing and confirmation as giant crappie.

    1. White Crappie weighing over 5 pounds (Mississippi, 1857)

    This huge crappie was caught in July 1857. It was confirmed to be white crappie caught in the Enid dam, Yocona River in the state of Mississippi, United States. It was caught by an experienced angler named Fred bright. The white crappie weighed about 5 pounds and 3 ounces. It was a big fish, the media was excited about this catch, and many reports carried the news. This big catch made the Enid dam a popular place for crappie fishing by other anglers who hoped to land giant crappies worthy of the news.

    2. Giant Black Crappie caught in Missouri 2006.

    This giant black crappie was caught by an angler named John R. Hortsman in April 2006. It weighed 5 pounds, a size big enough to catch the public’s attention. After the verifications and documentation, the crappie was put on display for people to admire in an aquarium.

    3. Giant Black Crappie (Tennessee, 2018).

    An amazing catch was recorded in the state of Tennessee recently, the crappie, in this case, weighed about 5 pounds and 4.6 ounces. This huge catch is truly a trophy fish; it was caught by Jam Ferguson from a pond located in Paint Rock, Tennessee. This catch is said to be a new record in Tennessee as the state is proud to enter the details of this giant black crappie in the world record crappie list. According to the reports, all verifications have been completed to confirm that the catch is indeed a crappie.

    4. Giant Black Crappie (Illinois)

    A new record is about to be set in Illinois with the story of a giant black crappie that has been caught. The fish weighs about 4 pounds, 8.8 ounces. According to the officer in charge of the DNR fisheries in Illinois, this catch has been confirmed to be a black crappie; it was caught in the Kinkaid Lake by an angler named Ryan Povolish. This catch is expected to go into the state records as the biggest black crappie to have been caught in the state.

    5. 5-Pound Black crappie Caught in Arkansas

    It is the new record in the state of Arkansas. After the documentation and verifications, the black crappie caught by an 11-year old boy Donivan Echols was found to weigh whopping 5-pounds. This is a huge fish, and we wonder how long it will remain the state record. Donivan, however, refused to disclose the location this huge black crappie was caught, but speculations suggest that it was caught somewhere around a popular Lake covering about 200 acres of land. From the reports, it was gathered that this catch had been verified by Ronnie Richardson who is from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

    6. Crappie state record for Utah

    Lake Powell in Utah is a favourite spot for crappie fishing. As usual many anglers gathered during the spring for another spectacular crappie fishing experience but this time, they caught a winner. It was a black crappie which weighed about 3.5 pounds. It was the biggest ever caught and after the verifications the huge crappie caught by Jim Maack became the state record and the biggest crappie every caught from Lake Powell.

    7. Giant Crappie caught in Kinkaid Lake

    Kinkaid Lake is a popular spot for anglers who anticipate catching slab crappies and the tides turned in favour of a lucky man named Mike Zimmer from Waterloo who caught a giant white crappie which was weighed and documented to be 4 pounds, 5 ounce. Zimmer was beyond belief after finding out the size of his crappie; he used a 12-foot crappie pole to land this slab. It was among 25 crappies Mike Zimmer caught on that cold day in March, 2010. The huge white crappie was lured by a minnow on his hook; it goes into the records as one of the biggest crappies ever caught.

    Evidently, There are some huge Crappies to be caught in the waters of out=r southern neighbors. David Burruss’s 4-pound, 5.44 oz Black Crappie is right up there with the others in world Record territory.

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