Black Crappie Caught at Lake Wilhelmina Lands New State Record



 
Zoie Clift

 



A record breaking black crappie
was caught at Lake Wilhelmina in Mena this month. The fish was reeled in by
Donivan Echols, 11, of Mena and 
weighed 5 pounds. The fish was caught on a 12-pound test line at Lake
Wilhelmina, which covers about 200 acres and was created by a 1,240-foot dam in
1957. The lake is known for it’s healthy crappie population. The previous state
record was held by Danny Burfield of Oklahoma, who caught a 4-pound, 9-ounce
black crappie in 1976.
 
According to a news release via the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Echols catch might
break more than state records.  An
article posted to their site said:


 

‘According to the International Game Fish Association, the
all-tackle for black crappie is a 5-pound fish caught April 21, 2005, by John
R. Horstman from a private lake in Missouri. The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of
Fame and Museum recognizes a 6-pound fish caught Nov. 28, 1969, by Lettie
Robertson from Westwego Canal in Louisiana. The 12-pound line-class record for both organizations is a
4-pound, 4-ounce fish caught by Sheril Harris, March 18, 1984, on Paint Creek
in Alabama.’

 
Way to go Donivan!

 
Above photos courtesy of Rocky Stop.
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