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Crappie Regulations Changes coming SOON....

Postby bwm » Thu Jun 07, 2007 10:02 am

http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070607/SPORTS08/706070351/1127/SPORTS

June 7, 2007

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Low levels bring crappie changes

By Bobby Cleveland
bcleveland@clarionledger.com


Crappie fisherman at the four north Mississippi flood control reservoirs with record low water levels will face new limits in 60 days under a plan approved Wednesday by the state wildlife commission.

The daily limit will fall from 30 to 20, the minimum length will rise from 10 to 12 inches and fishermen will be limited to no more than three poles at a time on Grenada, Enid, Sardis and Arkabutla lakes.

"We're being proactive instead of reactive," said fisheries director Ron Garavelli of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. "Those lakes are in the worst of several low-water years, and we know that it has negatively affected the spawn and we also know we had some mortality from spawning stress.

"At the same time, we're seeing increases in fishing pressure, even record numbers. We feel like we need to protect the fishery now."

The notice of intent passed Wednesday faces a 30-day comment period prior to final passage, which requires another 30 days before the regulation takes effect.

Commissioner Bill Deviney of Jackson said regulations could be changed back to current rules if crappie rebound.
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