Where and how was the South Carolina state crappie record caught

South Carolina is a beautiful state with many exciting things to see and do and crappie fishing is one of them. Crappies are a great little species that’s a lot of fun to catch. They are a member of the sunfish family and they can be found in all types of waters. They are known by different names depending on where you’re fishing such as the papermouth, speckled perch, bridge perch and googleye.

All types of fishermen seek them out because they have a lot to offer. For one thing, they taste great so many people fish them as a food source. Others like to catch them just for fun. They may be small but they put up a nice fight for their size. Another great thing about this species is that you can use most any method to catch them and fish from the shore or a boat with excellent results.

Some of the most used techniques include casting, trolling, still fishing and drifting. Since this species swim together in groups, when you find one, there are usually more in the same area. This makes it easier to catch several at one time. When they stop biting, you know to move on to a new location.

The best bait to use for this species includes minnows, worms and insects and you can fish with both live and artificial bait. When you go crappie fishing in the early morning, look for them near the surface of the water. When the sun comes out, they will go deeper. The hotter it gets, the deeper they will go and then they will move back closer to the surface in the late evening.

If you’re interested in catching a record crappie in South Carolina, you need to know what the record is now. This way, you’ll know what size fish you need to catch to break the record.

South Carolina State Black and White Crappie Record

The South Carolina state black crappie record was caught in Lake Moultrie. It weighed 5 pounds even and it was caught in 1957 by P.E. Foust. The South Carolina state white crappie record was caught in Lake Murray. It weighed 5 pounds and 1 ounce and it was caught in 1949 by Mrs. H. P. Owens. These records were made so long ago that there is very little information about how they were caught. The only thing that seems to be recorded is where and by whom they were caught.

These two lakes would be a great place to start if you happen to be in the area but most any lake, river or stream in South Carolina could easily be the place where the next state record crappie will be caught. Some of the major lakes where crappies are plentiful include the following:

* Lake Greenwood
* Lake Jocassee
* Wateree Lake
* Monticello Reservoir
* Lake Wylie
* Hartwell Lake
* Lake J. Strom Thurmond
* Lake Keowee
* Lake Marion
* Richard B Russell Lake

You can find both black and white crappies in the same body of water but usually one species will be more dominate than the other one. Therefore, if you want to break the black crappie record you need to fish in water where this species is the most plentiful and vice versa. Normally, the black crappie will be more plentiful in large, deep waters and the white crappies tend to prefer the backwaters.

Crappie Fishing Tips to Help You Catch Bigger Fish

It’s not hard to catch crappie but if you want to catch the biggest ones and try to break the state records for South Carolina, you need to find ways to encourage the larger fish to take the bait. Use the largest bait you can that is still small enough to fit into the crappies mouth. This will reduce the number of bites that you get but it will encourage the larger crappie to strike. You can use artificial bait to catch crappie but you can usually have better luck catching the bigger fish when you use live bait.

When you find an area where there is a school of crappie, begin fishing from the outside of the group and work inward. This will give you a chance to catch more fish before they move off to another location. Position your bait just above the school of fish and this will land you more bites because the crappie’s eyes are on top of the head. If the bait drops too low, they won’t see it.

Crappies can see very well. This can put the angler at a little bit of a disadvantage when fishing in clear water. The fish can see you if you get too close and they’ll swim away before you have a chance to catch them. They can also see the fishing hook if it’s sticking out of the bait and the fishing line if it’s too thick. Using these tips can help you reel in larger crappie so you can try to be the next angler to break the state crappie record.


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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