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Mississippi Announces New Daily Creel Limit for Crappie at Select Lakes

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The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) announced new daily creel limit for crappie at Lake Washington and the four Flood Control Reservoirs: Grenada, Enid, Sardis, and Arkabutla. These new regulations will go into effect on July 24.

At Lake Washington, the daily creel limit for crappie is set at 20 fish per angler. However, the minimum length limit for crappie remains at 11 inches.

At Grenada, Enid, Sardis, and Arkabutla Lakes, officials have reduced the daily creel limit to 10 fish per angler. Additionally, they set the daily boat limit at 25 for boats with three or more anglers. The minimum length limit remains at 12 inches. Furthermore, anglers should clean fish at designated fish cleaning stations, not on the water or in boat ramp parking lots.

Crappie rank among the most sought-after fish species in Mississippi, drawing anglers from across the state and beyond. In response to observed changes in crappie populations and increased harvest rates by anglers, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) decided to lower the daily creel limits. Additionally, MDWFP considered numerous comments and concerns from local anglers when making this decision. By lowering the daily limits, MDWFP aims to maintain high-quality crappie fisheries in Mississippi’s lakes and reservoirs. This proactive measure ensures that crappie populations remain healthy and abundant, allowing anglers to continue enjoying successful and sustainable fishing experiences for years to come.

For more information regarding hunting or fishing in Mississippi, click here or call (601) 432-2400.

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