Kayak Angler Catches New State-Record Crappie with Forward Facing Sonar

Kayak Angler Catches New State-Record Crappie with Forward Facing Sonar
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“I’m not sure the crappie that took the lure was the largest of the three”

A kayak angler holds up a state-record crappie caught in Colorado.

Eric Allee holds up the new state-record black crappie he caught in November. Photograph by Eric Allee

Most anglers don’t think about big crappies coming from Colorado. But Eric Allee may change that notion after catching a slab of a black crappie that broke the state record a few months ago.

On Nov. 12, Allee was kayak fishing for bass on a small lake in Adams County east of Denver. (He chose not to share the name of the lake to avoid added fishing pressure there.) Using forward-facing sonar, he found what looked like a crappie hot spot in the lake and tossed out an artificial lure.   

“It was late morning, and I’d already caught a 2.5-pound bass when I noticed on my sonar three fish near a deep sunken brush pile in 14 feet of water,” Allee tells Outdoor Life. “I figured they were crappies. So, I eased close to them in…

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