California Angler Lands ‘Giant Crappie’ that Could Break 46-Year-Old Record

by Kayla Zadel

This fisherman hooked, lined, and sunk himself a surprise during his fishing adventure. This fisherman found a potential record-breaking crappie.

David Burruss, of Lakeport, California, thought he had found a school of bass on his fish finder at Clear Lake. However, it was a massive crappie. It weighed 4-pounds, 5.3-ounces, according to FTW. If confirmed, it would break a 46-yeard-old California record as reported by the Lake County Record-Bee and Field & Stream. The current record is held by Wilma Honey who caught a crappie weighing in at 4-pounds, 1 ounce, at New Hogan Lake on March 29, 1975.

“I thought I had hooked a nice bass until I got it up to the boat and saw that it was a giant crappie,” Burruss said, according to FTW.

Burruss took his catch to Lakeside County Park and called outdoors writer Terry Knight to come see the crappie.

“When I first saw the fish, I was dumbfounded,” the 85-year-old Knight admits. “I have seen a lot of big crappie in my lifetime but nothing like this one.”

Weighing the ‘Giant’ Crappie

Burruss and Knight weighed the fish, not once, but twice on two different scales. Both read 4.33 pounds (4-pounds, 5.3-ounces). Then the fish was weighed again on a certified scale at a local supermarket. It too confirmed the weight. The crappie measured 17.71 inches. Click here to see the photos.

The all-tackle world record for black crappie is 5-pounds, 7-ounces, and it was caught in May 2018 at Richeiseon Pond in Tennessee.

Burruss then took the crappie to the Department of Fish and Wildlife to being the record certification process. A biologist will identify the fish and take scale samples as well.

Clear Lake would become the owner of state records for both black crappie and white crappie if confirmed. The white crappie state record of 4 pounds, 8 ounces was caught in 1971.

Burruss shares the details of his catch.

“It had been a slow day bass fishing, but I saw a few bigger fish on the Garmin Livescope that I thought were maybe bass,” Burruss told Field & Stream. “But these fish were suspended 6 to 10 feet deep in 25 feet of water. They ended up being huge crappies. There were two other crappies with this fish the same size that I couldn’t get to bite.”

The California Angler was using a 4-inch swimbait with an underspin to catch the crappie. Once the certification process is finished, Burruss plans to have the fish mounted and put it on display in his shop.