SHAWNEE COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) - A Topeka man has broken the record for the biggest crappie caught in Kansas.

Bobby Parkhurst was fishing at Pottawatomie State Fishing Lake No. 2 on March 5th when he caught crappie weighing 4.07 pounds. Parkhurst took the fish to be inspected and measured by John Reinke, assistant director of Fisheries for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.

"As fisheries biologists, we get the chance to see a lot of big fish but this one is certainly for the books," said Reinke. "This crappie measured in at 18 inches long and 14 inches in girth, so it truly deserves a spot on the state record list."

The crappie broke the record for the largest fish of its species ever caught in Kansas history. The previous record was white crappie weighing in at 4.02 pounds that were caught in 1964 by Frank Miller of Eureka.

Both record-breaking fish were caught using a rod and reel and a minnow as bait.