The question on Marcus Miller's crappie was only which record crappie it would be.
At 4.52 pounds, it was going to be the biggest crappie verified in Illinois, whether, the black, white or hybrd record.
The answer is record hybrid crappie.
Miller's crappie surpassed the record hybrid (2.8 pounds) caught by Brett Larsen while ice fishing at Shabbona Lake in DeKalb County on March 9, 2007.
Miller, a 15-year-old Centralia High freshman, caught it on May 14 at the family's farm pond in Jefferson County.
Photo is courtesy of Rod Kloeckner, who broke the story originally in the Belleville News-Democrat.
Because of the difficulty in telling the diffence in crappie, DNA tests were needed to confirm it was a hybrid.
IDNR fisheries biologist Mike Hooe confirmed that the fish weighed 4.52 pounds, was 18.75 inches long with a girth of 16 7/8 inches, and 3 inches thick.
Hybrid crappie are a naturally occurring cross between white and black crappies and are found throughout Illinois, according to the IDNR.
Miller caught his on a Zebco Genesis rod and reel combo with a nightcrawler.
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.
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.
Miller's catch is the third Illinois record fish of 2008 caught by a teenager.
God I love that.
On back to back days in late April, brothers John and Andrew Chione both caught record redhorse suckers from the Fox River near Montgomery. Earlier post is here.
John, 13, caught his 6.71-pound silver redhorse on April 24. Andrew, 15, caught his 3.74-pound shorthead redhorse the next day.