• What is considered a "big" or "trophy" crappie?

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 #235868  by joetucker803
 Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:06 pm
Hey there,

I'm always targeting bass this time of year, but always end up catching some Crappie along the way. My Crappie experience is very limited -- just coincidental since I am not targeting them. I've caught maybe thirty Crappie my entire life, never anything that was "big." Today while fishing for Largemouth, I caught two that were (I thought) big. The biggest went 14.5 inches and weighed 1.36 pounds. It was a Black Crappie, I believe. At what point is a Crappie considered to be a trophy around here?

Thanks for any information

Joe
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 #235870  by Amx
 Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:14 pm
state record according to this web site: http://www.landbigfish.com/staterecords ... Washington ;

Black Crappie 4 lbs 8 oz Lake Washington John W. Smart 5/1/1956


so I'd say 2 pounds.


and the WDFW records say the same size;

http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/records/sear ... View=fresh
 #235875  by Sideburns
 Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:32 pm
I've been occasionally targeting crappie for a few years and if I caught one like that (and nobody was around) I'd be doin a little dance!

I've heard stories of good crappie fishermen being able to find 14-17 inch crappie in Lake Washington, but not seen 'em personally.

The slabs that got me hooked on crappie fishing were big to me at 12-13 inches, <1lb, from a little nearby pond...

Nice fish!
 #235880  by TrackerPro16
 Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:35 pm
I catch them that size all the time...
Ha, ha ,hA,HA,HA,Ha,ha,ha, ha... Kidding. I think the biggest I have caught was still under a pound. Don't get used to that size. That is a big one! 'Trophy' is kind of in the eye of the beholder me thinks. Unless it is a State record...
 #235917  by joetucker803
 Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:45 pm
Thanks for all the input guys! And trust me Trackerpro, I won't be getting used to that size anytime soon. The other one I caught was .92lb. I did not measure it. I guess for a complete rookie on Crappie, you could say "beginners luck."
 #235958  by jbball50
 Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:53 pm
Ones I catch over 15 inches I consider trophy size. I'll catch some that size out of potholes every year when I go there for crappie. Most of the time one or two every trip. I swear I always get those ones in the middle of the day, when the fishing has died down, it's 100 out, and the schools are gone.

I have another pond that produces 13/14 inchers on the regular early in the season. I tried it last weekend and it still hasn't produced yet. I fished another pond before that and caught some crappie, there was a school that kept popping in and out of the area the two hours we fished it Sunday.