Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Monday, June 04, 2012
New Regulation Passes for Boat Creel Limit on Crappie forNorth Mississippi
JACKSON - In May, the Commission on Mississippi Wildlife,
Fisheries, and Parks passed Public Notice of Intent F-3818, which
adopted a boat creel limit on crappie for Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid
and Grenada Flood Control Reservoirs in North Mississippi.
The new regulation established a daily boat limit for boats
with three or more licensed or exempt anglers. The limit will be 50
crappie larger than 12 inches per boat.
Crappie catch rates have been at an all time high on these
lakes due to a large 2009 year class, but most of these crappie
were just under 12 inches this spring. Influenced by an unusually
warm, dry winter significant portions of keepers were harvested
before the spring spawn. "With the extreme low water this year,
fish are being confined in these lakes. Crappie anglers and our
biologists are concerned the 2009 year class will be harvested as
soon as they reach 12 inches," says Fisheries Bureau Director Ron
Garavelli. Recent studies show crappie have exceptional growth
rates. Most of the 2009 year class should reach legal size in 2-4
months. The intent of this new regulation is to slow the harvest of
this important resource during the 2012 fall and winter seasons.
The survivors of the 2009 year class will contribute to the 2013
spawn and harvest. Hopefully, water levels next year will be
higher and the crappie will not be as vulnerable to harvest.
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