The following news release was issued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries today. I’ll send it to you without comment for now.
“Today, Thursday, July 7, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a notice of intent to modify current crappie regulations on Bayou D’Arbonne Lake in Union Parish on the city limits of Farmerville.
Passage of this NOI will change the daily take of crappie that measure over 12 inches in length to 7 per person and the total daily take will remain 50 crappie per person. This proposed change is an effort to increase the number of larger crappie in the population. It also has the potential to improve the growth rate of crappie in Bayou D’Arbonne Lake, which was identified as being below average in a recent assessment of the fishery. Improved growth rates could be seen by directing angler harvest to the more abundant smaller size classes of crappie in the lake.
The proposed regulation will be fully evaluated after a minimum of three years to determine if it is achieving desired results.
Interested persons may submit comments relevant to the proposed rule by August 31, 2022, to Ryan Daniel, LDWF District 2, 368 CenturyLink Dr., Monroe, LA 71203 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Its a proven fact there has been a slow growth rate on big crappie in the last few years. Wht? What ? . All us armchair fisheries biologist have our opinion . I tend to lean towards the professional.
Louisiana wildlife biologist.They collect hard data not what we just think. We have been stuck in a rut for many years . things change . Pressure , food source, water draydowns during the spawn an on an on. Maybe it’s time we try something that might help the lake not just our way of thinking. I’m in for a try.
Sounds great but make the daily limit 25 while your at it !!!