Angler Catches State-Record Crappie

Editor’s note: This press release was provided by Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Congratulations to Jon Urban of Eagle on a new catch/release record black crappie from Crane Creek Reservoir. Urban was fishing the reservoir on July 26, when he landed the 17-inch lunker panfish. After a quick measurement and photo, Jon released the fish to fight another day.

Crane Creek Reservoir has a history of producing big crappie. The reservoir currently holds the certified weight record white crappie (3.8 pounds, 17.5 inches) caught by Trenten Smith in 2012. Urban’s record moves the black crappie catch/release record back to southern Idaho, after several previous records were caught in Idaho’s panhandle.

Learn more about catch/release records and the state record fish program.