Marcus Miller, a 15-year-old Centralia High freshman, apparently caught an Illinois record crappie in Jefferson County.
Just which of the three crappies--white, black and hybrid--recognized by Illinois is Miller's 4-pound, 8.2-ounce fish will be determined by DNA testing. And that could be awhile, according to Rod Kloeckner's story in the Belleville News-Democrat. Thanks to Kloeckner for the photo.
When and if approved by the IDNR, Miller's crappie will likely be the third Illinois record fish caught in 2008. Most wonderfully, all three will have been caught by teenagers.
Miller caught his crappie while fishing the family farm pond between Centralia and Mount Vernon in mid-May. According to Kloeckner, Miller's grandfather Herman Rowcliff saved the fish from filleting and it was weighed on the certified scale at Dan's Meat Market in Centralia.
Miller would have all three Illinois crappie records beat.
The Illinois record black crappie (4-8) was caught by John Hampton in Rend Lake on May 15, 1976; the white crappie record (4-7) was caught by Kevin Dennis in a private pond in Morgan County on April 8, 1973; and the hybrid crappie record (2.8 pounds) was caught by Brett Larsen while ice fishing at Shabbona Lake in DeKalb County on March 9, 2007.
Brothers John and Andrew Chione both caught record redhorse suckers from the Fox River in late April. Those fish only need formal recognition from Springfield to be official. See their fish and story in an earlier post on Stray Casts.
John, 13, caught his 6.71-pound silver redhorse on April 24. Andrew, 15, caught his 3.74-pound shorthead redhorse the next day.