SC Crappie Records

How can I find the South Carolina state record for crappie?

You can go to http://www.dnr.sc.gov/fish/freshrecs/records.html.

The State Record White Crappie was caught by Mrs. H. P. Owens of Columbia, SC, from Lake Murray in 1949. It weighed 5 lbs, 1-oz.
The State Record Black Crappie was caught by P. E. Foust ( residents of the Carolinas must only have initials for first names…) of High Point, NC, from Lake Moultrie in 1957. It weighed 5 lbs. even.

State records for fish are maintained by the individual state’s Fish and Game Administration organization. Criteria for qualifying for a record catch may vary some from state-to-state. National and International records are maintained by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), and are published yearly. The criteria for qualifying for a record is consistent, and a fish can qualify for both a state record, and IGFA record at the same time.

Generally, rules for qualifying for a state record are as follows:
1. The fish must have been caught in the waters of that state, by legal, non-commercial means, by the person claiming the record.
2. A representative of the states Fish and Game management organization must personally witness the official weighing.
3. The exact species must be determined by a Department biologist.
4. Application for a record must be made within 60 days of the catch, with accompanying photos and required information.
5. The application can be rejected if there is reasonable doubt, for any reason.


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