A crappie in the neighborhood of the Illinois records was caught, and released, in Oswego

Angel Rodriguez caught, and released, a crappie in the neighborhood of Illinois’ three crappie records.

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Angel Rodriguez’s big crappie. Provided photo

Angel Rodriguez’s big crappie.

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Angel Rodriguez caught and released a crappie in record range.

His crappie, caught from an Oswego subdivision pond on a jig, was 19 inches and weighed 4 pounds, 10 ounces.

“l told him it might be an Illinois record,” Floyd Nelson messaged. “He didn’t want to take it to the bait shop to get it documented or nothing, said he just wanted to release it.’’

Nelson’s right on it being the right size for a possible record. All three Illinois crappie records are close to the same weight: white, 4-7, Kevin Dennis, April 8, 1973, Morgan County farm pond; black, 4-8, John Hampton, May 15, 1976, Rend Lake; and hybrid, 4-8.8, Ryan Povolish, March 28, 2017, Kinkaid Lake.

The jig that Angel Rodriguez caught his big crappie on. Provided photo

The jig that Angel Rodriguez caught his big crappie on.

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“That’s the jig,” Nelson messaged. “I kept it for a souvenir.”

I understand that.

For perspective, the Illinois’ last crappie record, Povolish’s hybrid, was 18 1/8th inches long with a girth of 16 14 .

Measuring the width of Angel Rodriguez’ crappie. Provided photo

Measuring the width of Angel Rodriguez’ crappie.

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