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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Crappie Tracking at Enid Lake

JACKSON - The fourth year of the cooperative crappie tracking project conducted by the University of Mississippi and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is starting up again on Enid Lake. The goal is to learn more about  spawning areas of crappie in our local reservoirs.

The Ole Miss crappie research team, aided by guides John Woods and Tony Willis, recently tagged and released 35 crappie into Enid Lake. Radio transmitters were attached on the fish and orange identification tags with a contact number were secured to the dorsal fin. A new tag is being used this year that also records water depth and temperature at each fish location.  "It's very important that any angler who catches a tagged fish call the number on the tag, report the location and date of where the fish was caught, and return the transmitter (if the angler wants to keep the fish)," said Dr. Glenn Parsons. "We need to get the tag back so we can upload depth and temperature data, and we can only do that with the tag in hand" Parsons said.

Dr. Parsons and Dylan Williams will be tracking fish through late summer. The GPS locations of these fish will be posted on the MDWFP website and regularly updated.  "The things we are learning through this project are important for having a better crappie fishery," Parsons said. If you catch a tagged crappie, call Dylan Williams at (662) 501-6547 or Dr. Glenn Parsons at (662) 202-8013.

For more information regarding wildlife or hunting in Mississippi, visit our website at http://www.mdwfp.com or call us at 601-432-2400. 

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