Considering that some of the biggest fish recorded were caught decades ago, many are not documented by photo, and some that may be listed as state records are a bit thin on verifiable catch documentation. the crappie i caught is very fat too so i don't understand…. Field & Stream may receive financial compensation for products purchased through this site. The previous black crappie world record was caught by John R. Horstman while fishing a private lake in Missouri on April 21, 2005. The monstrous slab of a crappie weighed in at 5 lbs, 4.6 oz, blowing by the current world record of an even 5 lbs, originally caught in a private lake in Georgia. New all-time state record fish will be recognized when the weight of the fish exceeds by one ounce or more the weight of the previous record for that species or recognized hybrid.