A black crappie caught March 13 from Lake Texoma could set two water-body and one state record.

A black crappie caught March 13 from Lake Texoma could set two water-body and one state record.


Johnny Summers, Jr., of Pottsboro caught the 2.93-pound, 16.88-inch in Highport Marina Cove using a blue-and-silver Rat-L-Trap from the bank. His son in the picture aided him in getting the big fish in. The current weight record for Lake Texoma black crappie is 2.75 pounds, caught in 2008.


Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries staff from the Texoma Station weighed and measured the fish. The fish’s length apparently qualifies it for two additional records, the Lake Texoma catch-and-release record and the state catch-and-release record.


Paperwork is pending and if everything is good Johnny will hold the new lake record and with a crappie that big he will probably have it for a while. He released the crappie back into Highport Marina.


All three records are pending receipt and acceptance of the applications by TPWD’s Angler Recognition Program. The catch could also qualify Summers for a Big Fish Award.


To learn how to enter fish in TPWD’s Angler Recognition Program, check current records and download application forms, go to www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/programs/fishrecords/ or contact the staff at the Lake Texoma fisheries station by phone at 903-786-2389, FAX 903-786-9871 or e-mail bruce.hysmith@tpwd.texas.gov or john.moczygemba@tpwd.texas.gov.