New Black Crappie Fishing Regulations Approved by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

At its July meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved changes to the size and bag limits for black crappie in specific Florida waterbodies, including Lake Jackson in Florida County. ‘Osceola.

The regulatory changes remove body-specific length and bag limits to revert to statewide regulations with no minimum length limit and a 25-fish bag limit.

“This is a great example of how we have worked to improve public access to fishing,” said FWC Chairman Rodney Barreto. “We applaud the agency for its efforts to expand opportunities like these.”

FWC staff completed a Black Crappie Management Plan in 2019 which called for a comprehensive review of Black Crappie regulations. The team reviewed the biological aspects of the regulations and gathered feedback from stakeholders. Biological data indicated that minimum length limits would not improve most fisheries in the state and would unnecessarily restrict anglers’ harvesting opportunities on many bodies of water. Therefore, no statewide length limit has been proposed.

If you have any questions about the proposed rules or the Black Crappie Management Plan, email [email protected]. Visit MyFWC.com/CrappieManagement for more information.

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