CHEYENNE - Wyoming has a new state record black crappie thanks to the efforts of Casper angler Troy Schnepper. Schnepper caught his 2 pound 7.4 ounce crappie Dec. 31 fishing through the ice at Boysen Reservoir.
Schnepper’s fish bested a 15-year-old state record, caught Dec. 4, 1997, also out of Boysen Reservoir, by two ounces. Schnepper, who fishes Boysen often, said he had found a good spot and were catching a number of crappie with several of them being in the 14-inch range. When a fish that measured longer than 15 inches took the small spoon he was jigging, he knew the current record was also 15 inches long. He thought it would be a good idea to have it weighed on a certified scale. Schnepper’s crappie was verified at a length of 15 3/8 inches with a 13 ½-inch girth. The previous record measured 15 inches and also had a 13 ½ inch girth.
The world record black crappie weighed 6 pounds and was caught in Louisiana in November 1969.
Find a complete list of Wyoming record fish and rules for entering a fish for a state record at the Game and Fish website (wgfd.wyo.gov).
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