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Angler catches record crappie at Boysen on New Year's Eve
Jan 20, 2013 - From staff reports
Wyoming's black crappie state record has been broken for the first time since 1997. The new record black crappie was caught out of Boysen Reservoir on New Year's Eve.
Casper angler Troy Schnepper set the new record with a fish that weighed in at 2 pounds, 7.4 ounces. Schnepper's fish was 15 U40; inches long with a girth of 13 1/2 inches.
Black crappies are an introduced species that provide diversity to sport fishing at Boysen as many anglers enjoy catching and eating them. Young crappies are a source of forage for larger predatory fish such as walleye and sauger.
Schnepper was fishing for crappie and was jigging a Northland forge minnow lure. He had already caught some good-sized crappies that day, so he knew he was on a decent fishing hole. When he pulled the crappie out and set it next to the others, Schnepper said he knew he had a good one.
When he arrived home and checked the state record listing, he thought his fish had a chance of breaking the existing record. After getting the fish weighed and verified, Schnepper became the new record holder.