Texas crappie record – what is it? how was it caught?

One of the most sought out game fish in Texas is the crappie. This small fish gets lots of attention because it’s fun and entertaining to catch them. Since they only average around one or two pounds, you don’t need any special gear to fish for this species and this makes them perfect for the beginner angler. They may be a small species but they’re a very active one that will put up a good fight for their size and this is what experienced anglers love about them. They also taste great so many anglers love to catch them for food.
Texas is famous for many things, including its great fishing opportunities. The Texas environment is perfect for fishing because it stays mild most of the year. During the summer, it can get very hot and the fishing will slow down but as soon as the temperatures begin to drop, the fish become active again. However, you can go fishing during the night in the summer and the water will be cooler so more species will be active.
If you’re interested in breaking the Texas state record, you need to learn all you can about crappies and how they respond in different situations. When you know where they hang out, what they are the most attracted to and what type of gear gets the best result, you can improve your odds of reeling in a big fish.
Texas Crappie Record
The Texas black crappie record is for a 3 pound 92 ounce fish that it was caught April 27, 2003. This fish measured 18 and half inches long and it had a 17 inch girth. The man responsible for the catch is named George Ward and he’s from Garland Texas. He caught the crappie when fishing at Lake Fork. It was 11pm and he was fishing with a minnow.
G.G. Wooderson caught the Texas white crappie state record and it was caught in the Navarro Mills Lake. It weighed 4 pounds and 9 ounces and was caught on February 14, 1968. Since it was caught so many years ago, there is no more information provided for this record.
With so many excellent places to go crappie fishing in Texas there are many great opportunities for anyone to be the next person to break the record for the largest black or white crappie caught. You may be the next one to go down in the record books for catching the largest crappie in Texas.
Where to Fish for Crappies
You’ll find crappies in all types of lakes and river throughout Texas so you can fish for them just about anywhere in the state. It really doesn’t matter where you live or where you’re visiting but some areas are well-known for being a great place to catch crappies. A few of these are listed below:
* Lake Fork
* Stillhouse Hollow Lake
* Navarro Mills Lake
* Belton Lake
* Lake Lewisville
* Lake Texoma
* Diversion Lake
You can catch crappies most anywhere, even in small streams and ponds. You can go crappie fishing most anytime day or night, which is another reason why they are such a popular game fish.
Texas Crappie Fishing Tips
When fishing for crappies in Texas, water temperature will make a difference. They grow and multiply the best in water that ranges between 68 and 75 degrees. They also prefer areas of lakes and rivers that have little or no current and shady areas. You will normally find them lurking around in the bushes, submerged trees and other structures. If you’re trying to break the Texas crappie fishing record, look for areas that meet these specifications and you’ll have a better chance.
If you’re visiting Texas or fishing in a different area than usual, talk to some of the anglers in the area to get a few tips and pointers. The local anglers know the area well. They can tell you how the crappies will respond based on the weather and the time of day when you go fishing. They can tell you which baits are getting the most action and what time of day the crappies are the most active. You’ll find most anglers are happy to share a little information with newcomers.
You can catch crappies from the shore or from a boat and you can catch them with a variety of methods such as trolling, casting, jigging and drift fishing. You can also catch them using both live and artificial bait. It is a good idea to practice your presentation because they won’t strike at anything that looks odd or out of place. This species can see well, too, so don’t use thick fishing line or allow your hook to show. They can see these and will swim away. They can also see you if you get too close to the strike zone so keep your distance and you’ll be more productive.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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