The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks passed a notice of intent on public notice 3424 to set new regulations on crappie fishing at Grenada, Sardis and Enid Reservoirs and Arkabutla lakes.
The public notice states that the creel limit will be modified from 30 to 20 with a 12-inch minimum and no more than three poles per angler. This notice affects all four areas, their spillways and the lower lake at Sardis.
The change comes after three straight years of low-water levels at area reservoirs, according to Ron Garavellie, fisheries bureau director for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.
As of Tuesday, June 11, rainfall for north central Mississippi was nearly 16 inches below average.
“Records show we’ve had an increase in fishing pressure and they’re catching record numbers of fish, but the size of the fish is decreasing,” Garavellie said.
“We need to be proactive, not reactive if we want to keep the quality and quantity of crappie at a high level.”
The notice of intent allows for 30 days of public comment.
The Commission will make a final vote on the notice at the July Commission meeting.