Proposed Crappie Regulation Changes

Fisheries Division is considering regulations changes for crappie at Wappapello and Smithville reservoirs to increase harvest opportunities for anglers and improve the crappie fishery. Current crappie regulations at both reservoirs (9 inch minimum length and 15 fish per day) have resulted in large populations of small (under the 9 inch minimum length limit) fish.

Fisheries Management Biologists have documented a shift in the Black/White crappie populations where Black crappie are now the dominant crappie species in each lake (50% of crappie in Wappapello and 80% in Smithville). White crappie have a good growth potential and can reach nine inches and larger quickly (in 3 years) in these reservoirs. Black crappie do not grow quickly and often die before they reach the current legal minimum length.

The Fisheries Division is proposing a liberalization of current crappie regulations. The proposal is to allow additional harvest of smaller black crappie to balance and improve the crappie fishery on these two lakes, moving to a 30 fish per day creel with no more than 15 fish over nine inches.

Open house meetings are scheduled as follows:


August 28, 2018 - 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
United States Army Corps of Engineers Jerry Litton Visitor Center, 16311 County Road DD, Smithville, MO 64089


September 17, 2018 - 6:00 – 8:00pm
New Home General Baptist Church, 1864 Hwy AA, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

September 18, 2018 - 6:00-8:00pm
Greenville Elementary Gymnasium, 195 Walnut St., Greenville, MO 63944

Comment on the proposed regulation change.

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