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Crappie anglers enjoy a happy new year

 

Crappie anglers enjoy a happy new year

Fish Busters’ Bulletin

Friday, January 03, 2014

 

Welcome to 2014. Black crappie are favorite cool-weather targets for freshwater anglers, so join the fun, check your fishing logolicense (License.MyFWC.com) and the list of top sites and tips below and go fishing. What better way to start off a new year then with some healthy outdoor activity and a mess of fresh fish?

Crappie are among the most popular freshwater fishes in Florida. Their deep body with nearly symmetrical dorsal and anal fins and a speckled pattern on the body make them easy to distinguish. Crappie spend much of their time offshore, feeding on small fish. This time of year they will be preparing to spawn and, as the temperatures reach 62-65 degrees Fahrenheit, they move inshore to build nests in colonies. Nests over gravel or muddy bottoms in depths of 3-8 feet are fanned by males.

Crappie eat crustaceans, insects and small fishes. A bright, 1/16-oz. to 1/8-oz. jig or Hal-flies will produce once they are inshore. If 054they are schooling offshore, drift Missouri minnows or grass shrimp below a float, with a #4 hook and small split shot. Depth is key, as crappie school at the same level, so experiment until you find the right depth.

Crappie (aka speckled perch or papermouth) longer than14 inches or heavier than 2 pounds qualify for a Big Catch angler-recognition certificate (www.BigCatchFlorida.com). Youth under 16 can participate with an entry longer than 10 inches or heavier than 1.5 pounds. Easy registration makes people eligible for both Big Catch and TrophyCatch (which rewards anglers for catching-documenting-releasing largemouth bass heavier than 8 pounds), as well as a drawing to take place in October 2014 for a Phoenix bass boat powered by Mercury.

Looking for the best places to go? Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) fisheries biologists compile annual lists of top fishing sites for bass, crappie, bream, catfish or striped bass. It is available at MyFWC.com/Fishing (select “Freshwater” and “Fishing Sites and Forecasts”). You can also find quarterly updated regional forecasts for other key water bodies, with links for more current information. Here are the selections for your best black crappie fishing in 2014, as compiled by Cheree Steward, FWC fisheries biologist.

  • Lake Talquin (8,800-acre reservoir, west of Tallahassee)
  • Lochloosa Lake (5,705 acres, between Gainesville and Ocala)
  • Lake Weir (5,685 acres, south Marion County)
  • Lake Griffin (10,000 acres, Lake County)
  • Lake Monroe (9,406 acres, near Sanford)
  • West Lake Tohopekaliga (18,810 acres, south of the city of Kissimmee)
  • Lake Kissimmee (34,976 acres, east of the city of Lake Wales)
  • Lake Marian (5,742 acres, Osceola County, east of Lake Kissimmee)
  • Mosaic Fish Management Area (1,000 acres, southern Polk County)
  • Tenoroc Fish Management Area (8,300 acres, Polk County)
  • Lake Weohyakapka (Walk-in-Water) (7,800 acres, east of Lake Wales)
  • Lake Arbuckle (3,800 acres, east of Frostproof)
  • Lake Marion (2,990 acres, east of Haines City)
  • Lake Istokpoga (28,000 acres, near Sebring)
  • Lake Trafford (1,500 acres, southeast of Fort Myers, in Immokalee)

Crappie are considered to be some of the tastiest freshwater fishes. With general bag limits for crappie set at a generous 25 fish and no size limit, unless otherwise specified, you can easily take a “mess” home to eat. So bring your family and friends and get out on the water.

 

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