Crappie Fishing General Regulations

Crappie are not generally considered to be a seasonal species which means in most places, you can fish for them year-round. There are no limits placed on what time of year you can fish for crappie. (i.e. no Crappie fishing in May, etc). In most areas, there are also no regulations or restrictions on the size of your crappie. So if you catch one over or under a certain weight limit, you don’t necessarily have to throw it back.

Be sure you check the laws and regulations regarding the body of water first.

Some lakes and reservoirs may have their own limits even if there are no state limits. These regulations revolve around how well a species of crappie is doing in that lake at that time.

For example, they may thrive very well in one lake, even to the point of overrunning all other species. If you fish crappie in this lake, you will likely be able to keep all that you want. Another lake that may be experiencing a poor season of crappie may put restrictions on how many you can fish until the species recovers in that body of water. This is just put in place to make sure the crappie don’t completely disappear in an area.

One thing that all fishermen should have in common is a desire to abide by the laws and regulations governing this activity. While specific rules and regulations may vary from state to state and even from one body of water to another, it is your duty and your responsibility to learn these regulations and be sure to adhere to them. This is essential in keeping fishing a fun and exciting activity for all who wish to partake in it. When you fish for crappie, make sure you learn and abide by all the rules and regulations in your area.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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