View Full Version : Huge crappie at Bass Pro

09-30-2014, 09:07 PM
Does anyone know how big the crappie is at the Bass Pro shop in Charlotte NC? Looks like this fish is 20" long. Seems it's as long as some bass in the tank. I've seen some close to 3lbs. and this one looks a lot bigger.

09-30-2014, 09:51 PM
I don't doubt the fish is big, but the glass on the tank is pretty thick and has a magnifying effect. It's not as big as you might think.

try'n hard
09-30-2014, 10:11 PM
I don't doubt the fish is big, but the glass on the tank is pretty thick and has a magnifying effect. It's not as big as you might think.

09-30-2014, 10:15 PM
I am pretty sure that the fish is over 4 lbs. My daughters love to go and watch the feedings. I cannot remember the exact weight but I am positive it is over 4lbs.

10-01-2014, 05:17 AM
At the Bass Pro in Springfield Missouri, they got one mounted that was caught in a farm pond in Missouri that weighted 5' 0". I don't know how long it was though.

M R Dux
10-01-2014, 06:59 AM
I mounted a black crappie 10 years ago that was just barley less than 21 inches. It weighed exactly 4.00 pounds. It was caught in a small impoundment in late summer and was so skinny there were zero options for a factory form for it. I had to carve a custom form.

At that time the world record black crappie was around 5 1/2 pounds but was only 19.5 inches long if my memory serves me correctly. A biologist looked at the 4 pounder and said it probably would have already eaten itself to death if it had been in either KY or Barkley lakes. Could it have been a world record if caught pre-spawn on one of the big lakes? Possibly but we can only speculate.

10-01-2014, 07:29 PM
I don't doubt the fish is big, but the glass on the tank is pretty thick and has a magnifying effect. It's not as big as you might think.

I know the glass can have a magnifying effect, but that fish is huge. I think shane1980 is right when he say it's over 4 lbs. It's way bigger than any I have ever seen.

10-01-2014, 08:23 PM
Probably did not come from NC!


10-01-2014, 08:48 PM
If its a good sized fish ask at bass pro store. I was once told at one by me that they keep records on tank conditions temp, ph etc and that they knew how long they have had the fish. Its possible they could have a weight on it.

10-01-2014, 09:29 PM
Just drop a jig in and then weigh it yourself. They probably wouldn't mind.

10-01-2014, 10:12 PM
All of the fish in the bass pro did in fact come from NC. The large blue cat came from Badin. Cant remember which lake the crappie came from.

try'n hard
10-01-2014, 10:23 PM
Ok - now I gotta know. Who can we call?

10-02-2014, 08:55 AM
Might be a State record fish! For may years NC Wildlife did not know the difference in a White and Black Crappie. The current state record for Black Crappie is listed by NC Wildlife at 4lbs and 15 oz and was caught in 1980. Three or 4 years ago the two species were separated and the current state record for White Crappie now stands at 3lb and 15oz and was caught

If this fish is a White Crappie and was caught in NC, it may be a state record.


10-02-2014, 09:10 AM
Need pictures of this monster please

10-02-2014, 09:24 AM
Need pictures of this monster please

Yes. I too would love to see a picture of the fish. Is it a replica or a skin mount? I do fish taxidermy as a hobby and I don't think there are any crappie replicas available 20" or longer. I have a good friend in Indiana who is a full time fish-only taxidermist and I was at his shop when he had a 21" black crappie in the works. He didn't know it's weight. The longest one I have mounted is 19 1/2" long...weight unknown also.

10-12-2014, 05:48 PM
OK I was at BPS today with my daughter and talked to the guys that feeds the fish and helps take care of them. I tried to get a pic but it stayed in the back of the tank. The guy said the records show that the fish was a little over 4 lbs when they received it. It was caught out of Tucker town. They are estimating the fish around 5.5 to 6 pounds now. It dwarfs the large mouth in the tank!!!!!! I will try to get pick the next time down maybe it will be out a little better!!! I would crap my pants if I had one on the end of my line like that.

Gomer Snerd
10-12-2014, 06:02 PM
no way

10-12-2014, 06:15 PM
Ok - now I gotta know. Who can we call?

Crappie Busters

10-12-2014, 06:28 PM
Yes way!!!!!

10-12-2014, 06:29 PM
Well if that fish weighs 5.5 or 6 lbs. it would be a world record.
IFGA list White Crappie WR at 5lb 3oz. and Black Crappie at 5.0 Lbs.

Kind of interesting data though because the SC records are WC 5lb 1oz and BC at 5,0 which is what IFGA says world record is.

I know at one time SC held the World Record for one of the crappie species, but it was broken at some point.

10-12-2014, 06:39 PM
it cannot even be considered for any type of record because it is kept in captivity and being fed !!!