A state-record crappie was caught Tuesday in Kinkaid Lake, according to a report in the Southern Illinoisan.
The newspaper’s Les Winkeler reported that Ryan Povolish of Carbondale landed the lunker, which weighed 4 pounds, 8.8 ounces.
That tops the previous record crappie, which weighed 4 pounds, 8.2 ounces and was caught at Rend Lake nearly 40 years ago.
Povolish was working a jig through a weed bed in about 6 feet of water when he caught the fish.
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Povolish was fishing with a friend, Josh Jackson of Cobden. The pair told Winkeler they were in disbelief even after a nearby fisherman provided some scales to weigh the fish.
“It weighed 4-10 and I said, ‘Man, your scale is broke,’” Jackson told the newspaper. “I weighed it again and it weighed 4-10 again.”
Another friend brought a scale to the dock, and it showed a weight of 4 pounds, 9 ounces. Eventually, a Department of Natural Resources biologist arrived with a certified scale, which showed an official weight of 4 pounds, 8.8 ounces.
“It was just kind of a, ‘just-didn’t-believe-it-type feeling,’” Jackson said. (Hirst) weighed it three times and got the same weight each time.”
Winkeler reported that local IDNR officials received confirmation that the fish is in fact a state record.
The fish still was alive Wednesday, and Jackson said he hoped to get the fish placed in an aquarium somewhere, according to the newspaper’s report.
A photo of Povolish holding the fish showed a crappie with a mouth nearly large enough to fit a fist inside.
Kinkaid Lake is in Jackson County, near Carbondale.