The new Kansas state record white crappie was 18 inches long with a 14-inch girth.
Crappie Basics: New State Record White Crappie in Kansas
by Richard Simms
CrappieNOW sends a big congratulatory shout-out to Bobby Parkhurst from Topeka, Kansas.
Parkhurst caught a 4.07-pound white crappie that has recently been officially recognized as the new state record white crappie in Kansas.
Parkhurst was fishing with a live minnow at Pottawatomie State Fishing Lake No. 2 when the catch-of-a-lifetime hit. The previous Kansas state record white crappie (4.02 lbs.) was nearly 60 years old.
“As fisheries biologists, we get the chance to see a lot of big fish but this one is certainly for the books,” said John Reinke, assistant director of Fisheries for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. “This crappie measured in at 18 inches long and 14 inches in girth, so it truly deserves a spot on the state record list.”
The Kansas state record black crappie was caught in 1957 and weighed 4.63 pounds.
Click HERE to see a complete list of current Kansas state record fish.
Capt. Richard Simms is the Editor of CrappieNOW magazine as well as a “semi-retired,” fishing guide on the Tennessee River and owner of Scenic City Fishing Charters. Formerly he was a game warden for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency before becoming a photographer and PR guy for TWRA. That lead to a 30-year career as a broadcast journalist and freelance outdoor writer. Check out his book, “An Outdoor State of Mind.”