TOPEKA (KSNT) – A nearly 60-year-old state fishing record was recently broken in Kansas due to what has been described as a “catch-of-a-lifetime” crappie out of Pottawatomie County.
Nadia Marji with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) reports Bobby Parkhurst of Topeka broke the state’s crappie fishing record on March 5 when he caught an enormous white crappie at Pottawatomie State Fishing Lake No. 2. The crappie was landed with a rod and reel with a minnow used as bait.
KDWP Assistant Director of Fisheries John Reinke said the lunker catch was measured with a certified scale. It’s official weight was 4.07 pounds.
“As fisheries biologists, we get the chance to see a lot of big fish, but this one is certainly for the books,” said Reinke. “This crappie measured in at 18 inches long and 14 inches in girth, so it truly deserves a spot on the state record list.”