Three-pound crappies are only the beginning for Missouri angler Lindsay Cundiff, who is still on the hunt for larger catches at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area. The area’s ideal conditions can grow some large fish, as well as offering 11 lakes and ponds for the prospective angler. However, Cundiff won’t be the one to reveal where this reserve of giant crappie is located.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), Cundiff is content to keep his fishing spot a secret. It will mean anglers chasing after lunkers will have to explore the Reed Memorial on their own.

We can hardly blame him; fishing is best done without a crowd. Some have the same opinion for golf.

“I plan on seeing if I can catch some more,” said Cundiff. “A friend of mine caught one this week that measured 13 inches, so there are some big ones out here,”

The two crappies he brought into the MDC’s regional office measured 3.15 and 3.10 pounds, both coming in at 16.7 inches. Biologists say it was very unusual for such a large fish to come from a small lake, but it has been known to happen in the area. Both fish were estimated to be around six years old. Resident biologists say that the lakes in Reed Memorial tend to be a trade-off: some are well stocked in high numbers while others contain fewer, but larger fish.

Image courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation

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