Crappie May Have Been New State Record

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  • December 11, 2014 5:50 am
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Crappie May Have Been New State Record

Note: It’s been a few years now but this photo seems to pop up every now and then, so we look to clarify the story. 

It was late August 2010 when Tim Goen and his Dad, Dave Goen began to cast net for shad under the Olio Bridge located on Geist Reservoir in Indiana. After a few casts, in about 5 feet of water, Tim pulled up this massive White Crappie to his delight.


“Dave Goen (Father) holding his sons trophy Crappie.”



“Weighed on a old dial scale, the scale readout was 4 1/2 lbs!” Caught by Tim Goen (not shown) while cast netting for shad.”

Tim explains, “We did weight it on some old scales we had, you know the hanging one (not digital) that has a dial and is always under the actual weight, it ended up saying four and half pound (4 1/2 lbs ) which is still a monster Crappie, but I don’t think it was the State record. The Crappie was 18 inches and had a belly about as wide as my finger is long and also we could have fit our fist in its mouth. It was the biggest Crappie either one of us had ever seen and probably will never see one like that again.”

The current Indiana State Record is held by Willis Halcomb which weighed in at 4 lbs and 11 ounces. Willis caught his trophy from a private pond in Jennings County in 1994.

Now the question is, what did Tim decided to do with his trophy Crappie? Tim released it to be caught by another Angler one day…

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