As of July 1, there is a 10-inch minimum size limit for taking black crappie in Lake Griffin Fish Management Area in Lake County. The daily bag limit is still 25.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved the rule at its meeting in February following a public-hearing process.
During the peak of black crappie fishing activity – from November through April – FWC creel clerks will be on Lake Griffin surveying anglers. FWC staff will be evaluating the effects of this rule change which, based on models, could provide increased total numbers and average sizes of harvested crappie, and reduce overfishing of the younger fish populations.
“The Lake Griffin black crappie population has the potential to support a greater harvest of the larger fish,” said Dennis Renfro, fisheries resource coordinator for the FWC. “The 10-inch minimum size with a 25-fish daily bag limit regulation should allow anglers to take more large fish without harming the abundance or size/age structure in the lake.”