Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
fishuhalik

Biggest confirmed crappies

Recommended Posts

fishuhalik    2
fishuhalik

Hey guys, I use to fish up on red alot, most every weekend, back in 2000-2002. I heard alot of reports of 15-16" crappies, but I've never seen one in person over 15". Just wondering if any monsters have been showing up lately, back in 2000 those fish were 13-14"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Random guy    1
Random guy

The only two I can confirm is a 16 incher I measured last year and a 16 3/4" I had mounted several years back.

I'm sure some bigger ones have been caught but I haven't seen them with my own eyes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
analyzer    2
analyzer

8 years of open water, about 40 days of fishing total, all at the end of may, early June, only one legitimate 15, and just barely. I saw one 16 1/2, but it came out of black duck. I've not personally seen any 16's out of red in those 8 years. Probably close to 4000 13+ inchers though!!!! Ya just can't beat the fishery.

There were a few really good years there where you could catch a couple hundred 13" crappies, another 100 1+ pound walleyes, and a handful of big pike, with 4-6 of us, in a single day. Fabulous! My kids and their friends had so much fun.

Forgive me for catching that many fish, I'm familiar with both sides of that issue, so please don't start in.

If I caught a true 16, I'd mount it in a heartbeat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
FISHINGURU    1
FISHINGURU

last yr we came up and slayed the crappies pretty good...we caught about 60 of them in 2 days....smallest one was 13 1/2 inches and the biggest was close to 16....quite a bit of them were between 14 1/2 and 15 1/2.

i have an older buddy that used to go up to url alot and he claims he got an 18 incher out of there...he said he thought about mounting it but ended up cuttin it up with the rest of them he says lol

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
cookie129    180
cookie129

I have seen numerous crappies over 15 but never one over 16. A few years back Ole was determined to land one over 15 for the wall. Being a true trophy hunter he caught and released over a 100 fish keeping maybe 3 or 4 for a meal or two as he stayed with it day after day until bingo he got his fish over 15. That was it and he packed up and headed home the same day. I lost a very big one a couple of years back but will never really no how big it was. It semed like it was over 16 but who knows. The big ones always get away thats how they get so big

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Bryce    1
Bryce

Been coming up since 2001. I think I've done as well as most. These were crazy times when a 50 fish evening was pretty common. Not one fish over 2 pounds. I brought home 15 fish limits that all went 1.8-1.9 on digital scale. Got checked by warden first trip up and showed him fish in cooler. He said "great you're catching 2+ pounders like the guys around you". Showed him on digital scale and he was amazed. Lot of the 16"ers were probably not properly measured. That fish grows alot with the mouth open.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
shaky legs2    18
shaky legs2

I have been fishing for crappies on Red since 1999 and although we were lax on measuring fish early on (no time??) I would guess we caught very few over 15". Most of the fish were in the 13 - 14" range. Now we are seeing some smaller ones caught. The difference in a Red Lake crappie is that they are so thick and the meat is so firm. They weigh much more that a crappie of similar size caught in most other lakes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jim Uran    377
Jim Uran

I caught one last winter on the south shore that went 15 1/2 inches.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hoyt4    25
Hoyt4

I have a 16 1/4 on the wall from Red from 2005.I know as a kid we caught many over 15 and 16.We where always there to catch Walleyes but in the spring we would step out the back door to the channel and smash the crappies.We caught them coming into one the channels by our cabin.At that time we rarely measured them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Slabby    0
Slabby

Why aren't there bigger ones?

Seems like the size we caught 5 years ago should have grown 1.5-2"?

Biological ceiling???

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BLACKJACK    3
BLACKJACK

I'm still looking for the mythical 15 incher for the wall. Have caught lots of 14's but never one even close to 15 inches.

What is the 'correct' way to measure a crappie?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
kelly-p    283
kelly-p

"Biological ceiling???"

With less and less fishing pressure on them we should find out in a year or two.

In "99" one guy mounted a 15 fish limit all over 16 inches. The same year my Dad got a 17. Years ago when very few people fished the crappies some 18's and 19's came out of the channels.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
LABS4ME    0
LABS4ME

I've been fishing Red since 1999, I wouldn't even want to hazard how many thousands of crappies I've seen come through holes in that time... Tally?

1st trip up ever 3 barely over 16". Filleted them as we said the next trip we would be prepared to keep some for mounting. Next trip 1 right at 16", we filleted it as I wanted at least 2 if not 3 for the wall. Never caught another over 16" since and I lowered my standards to over 15". In that time I've not broken my 15" mark. Hundreds in the 14 3/4" - 14 7/8", 1.8-1.9#ers, but never another over 15". My son has a 16" from 4 years ago on the wall (learned my lesson, one is plenty to mount). I was in Hudecs having a beer on our second trip up (1999) and a local had a 17 1/4" in the bucket. We weighed and measured it right there in the bar... Believe it or not, it just barely broke the 2 lb. mark and was one skinny crappie! That was the biggest I've seen from Red.

Kelly tells of monsters they caught in the channels as kids, face down in the bucket and tails sticking out, but crappies were for eating and the record they thought had to be around 9lbs, so no thought was made on measuring or weighing them.

Good Luck!

Ken

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
chaffmj    38
chaffmj

I have been going up to Red for the last 7, 8 years and the biggest crappie that I have seen measured was a 15 1/2 this year. Most of the time we never measured them but now that fewer are being caught we have started to pay more attention to the size.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Scott M    3
Scott M

 Originally Posted By: Slabby
Why aren't there bigger ones?

Seems like the size we caught 5 years ago should have grown 1.5-2"?

Biological ceiling???

Doesn't surprise me that fish have hit the ceiling. Before the first years of walleye stocking they basically had the entire lake's forage to themselves. Once a fish hits that size the metabolic requirements just to keep the machinery running are enormous....to continue growth beyond that size is a difficult feat, let along having anything left for reproduction.

It all goes back to that ecological shangri la that allowed crappies to flourish in the first place. Once the walleyes returned growth slowed to a grind and now most fish will fit in a cookie cutter.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Slabby    0
Slabby

The crappie as, I understand it, only lives to be a certain age... and that age is approaching or past- da chise has good points. Red lake is a big and fertile lake but with the former huge year class, their forage was not limitless and size was limited-- albeit nice size.

Other lakes with large year class populations have cookie cutter fish size too but usually not 14"!!

The much smaller numbers of year classes to come maybe have a better chance to get to the huge size of previous generations and trophy potential much like the northerns will be restored?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
FISHINGURU    1
FISHINGURU

they say white crappies live to be 10 yrs old....the oldest recorded black crappie lived to be 15 yrs old...but the typical life span is more around 7 yrs old for the black crappie...so that nice yr class from 95 is probably on it's last leg.

is anyone catching small crappies? i've personally never seen one under 13 1/2 inches....it would nice to hear about smaller crappies imo.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ozzie    72
ozzie

I know about 3-4 years ago we were on the mother load and caught hundreds of crappies that weekend and we had a handfull maybe 5 that were under the avg 13.5 with the smallest around 10.5 inches.....since then we have run into our limits on many occasions but have not caught another that was under 13.5....but with all the craps we have caught I think we have only caught 1 maybe 2 that have legitamatly went over 15.......98 out of 100 seem to be 13.5-14 inches

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fishuhalik    2
fishuhalik

That's kinda what I thought. I know a buddy of mine called me up one time on his way back and said he got a limit of 16"s, I met him at his place when he got there and we measured 'em, not one was over 14 1/2". When a guy's use to catching 8-11" crappies, a 14" looks like it's 4 lbs

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
kelly-p    283
kelly-p

New slant on the same question. We get 13/14 inchers year after year with just a few smaller ones mixed in. Same age that have grown all they are going too???? Or, do smaller crappies hang out somewhere else in the Red Lakes (deeper water across the line) until they are big enough to spawn when they migrate over to eastern URL to spawn?? confused.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Quackaddict9    0
Quackaddict9

 Quote:
With less and less fishing pressure on them we should find out in a year or two.

In "99" one guy mounted a 15 fish limit all over 16 inches.

you should get a picture of that on here if you ever run into him again or something! that would be cool to see a mount with all these 16"+ slabs

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
shaky legs2    18
shaky legs2

Now that is an interesting theory and there might be something to it. For years the majority of the crappies have been in that cookie cutter size of 13 1/2 to 14 1/2". Maybe most of the bigger,smarter ones stay back in the deeper water in the reservation and only venture East once in a while if the scouts say it is okay - like the queen been sending the drones out to do all the work and face the dangers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Random guy    1
Random guy

Look at pike, walleye, suckers during spring spawn and even whitefish in the fall. The males and small females are first to arrive then the big mommas come later.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
fishuhalik    2
fishuhalik

I'm sure this has been asked before, but is there anywhere I can find a map of the other half of upper and all of lower? I've never seen a map of either sections, and it might be interesting

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
GoFish4    0
GoFish4

Nope, not unles you can get Kelly P to draw one out from his memory of a secret hand shake view of the south half. But he said that was back in the day, but he could still remember ?? ;\)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • SkunkedAgain
      The public launch at The Landing on the west end stays open until the ice sets in, but they do pull the dock sometimes around the end of October / beginning of November.
    • KidMoe
      Just curious if people are finding fish moving into fall patterns yet or still finding them in more summer locations?  I've been finding good sized panfish in deeper water myself around more mid lake structure. Most of the lakes I've been on are still pretty green with algae and weeds. 
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Captain Acorn, I use Gamagatu  octopus hooks. Size 4 for crawlers and size 2 for minnows. Red, black, chartreuse, and pink , mostly red and black. I use orange and green glow soft beads at times. (Worked today!) Cliff
    • Barrington
      NOW BOOKING FOR THE 2018 ICE FISHING SEASON!!
      LIMITED SPOTS ARE AVAILABLE..   Barrington Lake camp will now be offering remote ice fishing for the very first time thanks to its unique train access. You can also come by ski-doo from the town of Savant Lake. Its a 30-45min ride. Ice fishing with us at Barrington r Camp will be one of the coolest fishing trips you ever experience! Pristine snow covered lakes in the rugged Canadian Shield. Remoteness! Where the fish are plentiful and tasty! During our ice fishing season, we use the main lodge for accommodations. The air tight wood stoves in every room keep you  toasty warm and the propane lights make it cozy and rustic. This is remote ice fishing at its best. At camp you will have a heated room, Wi-Fi, full kitchen with propane fridge and stove, a newly built heated outhouse, and electricity on demand to charge batteries and extra lights. A flat screen TV for hockey games is also available. We access numerous lakes by snowmobile, ATV and even snowshoes. We travel with portable ice huts to keep us mobile and on top of fish.  Water will be available through the lake but there will be no running water for showers. The fishing has been outstanding all summer long so why not extend it year round. Main species in the lake are walleye, northern, white fish, and some perch. There has been numerous 26"-30" walleye's caught on a weekly basis through out the summer. This camp and lake have been private up until this past summer. 90% of groups who came for the first time this year have already booked for next year. References are available.
      Limited spots available for ice-fishing. Only 2 rooms available in the winter months. You will have 1000's of acres of water at to your self.   ******4 Man Sunday to Monday Special $600/Person******
      Included in the package.. -Accommodations
      -Train tickets
      -Ice auger
      -Ice Shelter
      -Quad or Ski doo for traveling the late All you need is your equipment & Food. Our ice fishing packages are very flexible and can be customized to suit your requests. Come try one of our Northwestern Ontario winter getaways, ice fishing remote waters! The train departs either Armstrong Ontario north of Thunder Bay, or Sioux Look out Ontario 2 days a week. Its a 1.5 hour ride direct to camp from either direction. Dates can be re-arranged to suit your needs.
      Call or e-mail for more information.
      Tonnes of new reviews & references available from this year.
      Check out our website at www.barringtonlakecamp.com
      or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Barringtonlake/ Jonathan & Lyndsey
      807-584-2202
      807-407-4202                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      807-407-3997
      You wont be disappointed!! No one has been yet!
    • Hoey
    • Captain Acorn
      I was up for a long weekend this past weekend. For us the only thing that was working leadcore with cranks 18-24fow looks of eaters but not one over 18" couldn't get the digging raps rigs or jog and minnow to go but I'm sure it's not far off caught about half of mine on cranks when I was turning and didn't seem to matter weather the pole was on the inside or outside 2.2 2.4 was our speed flicker shads and deep runner raps #5 and 7. Cliff what style and size of hook do u use for your minnow rigs? Any beads used? 
    • monstermoose78
      This weekend near grand marais on thursday and Friday the no see ems were out. A few skeets but once it cooled down the no see ems were gone. Fished a lake that known for horrible bugs and it was not bad.
    • monstermoose78
      I would trade my crossbow for normal bow any day
    • Wanderer
      That's correct.  For now.
    • FishinCT
      We did well today from 1-4pm on an underwater point. Finally found some fish in a semi-sheltered area. Last few days have been tough to control the small light boat with all the wind. Most caught on pink jigs in 21-30ft.  Cliff I did try the circle hook lindy today with the big minnow and nailed the first bite I had. Next 2 bites grabbed it hard but dropped it. Work in progress!