Limits on crappie - Grand River chain
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Posted on Monday Oct 8, 2012 at 9:33 AM  
What is the current thinking on crappie limits on Grand, Hudson and I believe Gibson. 15 per day. At least on Grand this is starting to seem light. They are everywhere I search - not always in great numbers. With a 10" length limit will this always be the daily limit.

Thinking a 20 per day limit would match the sand bass limit on the lake and make it easier for the non-Grand lakers to remember.
Can't wait to hear the responses.
Posted on Monday Oct 8, 2012 at 9:46 AM  
The crappie limits from that area of the state were established because of the slower growth of crappie up there. Years of crappie data showed biologists that crappie grow more slowly there than other waters of the state and that recruitment of young crappie into the population was variable annually, so a minimum length limit and reduced creel limits were established.

If you want to voice an opinion or concern about the limits, simply call the Jenks regional ODWC office and ask to speak to a fisheries biologist. They may express other concerns about the crappie population or further reasons for the regulations. They will be happy to have a conversation with you. 918-299-2334
Posted on Monday Oct 8, 2012 at 9:52 AM  
I'm not gonna deny that the lake temps are pretty chilly from Sept to May in that lake. Not sure that matters when you consider the crappie that they grow in Minnesota. So lake temps must not be the factor that keeps crappie from growing faster there. Did anyone every figure out why they practically disappeared from Grand for about 3 years from 2006-2009. They are back with a vengence now for sure.