Wisconsin Angler Catches Rare Gold Crappie

A lot of good things come out of Wisconsin. Add to that list a gold crappie recently caught out of the Fox River, according to WLUK in Green Bay.

The fish was caught by Steven Volkman of Neenah, Wisconsin. He was fishing with a buddy when he reeled it in and initially thought his glasses were playing tricks on him. But his friend agreed: The fish was a bright orange.

Not long thereafter, Volkman contacted the state department of natural resources to get an expert opinion on the fish he caught. The fisheries biologists there were just as confused but could see that the fish had the same physiology as a typical crappie. What seems most likely is that the fish has a pigment mutation, experts say.

As for Volkman, he’s enjoyed the experience of it all — the gold crappie will be stuffed and mounted to his wall as a keepsake.

Steven Volkman poses with the gold crappie he caught on Fox River. (Courtesy of Donnie Lornson)

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