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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Regulation change proposed for Sardis Lake

JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced a proposal to change crappie length and bag limits on Sardis Lake. The proposal consists of lowering the minimum size crappie anglers can keepfrom 12 inches to 10 inches, as well as reducing the bag limit from 20 to 15 fish per angler. In addition, boats with 3 or more anglers will be able to keep 40 crappie per boat versus the current boat limit of 50.

"We are proposing the regulation change to evaluate Sardis Lake's ability to support the quality crappie fishery it is historically known for with a smaller size and bag limit," said MDWFP Fisheries Bureau Director Ron Garavelli. "We will be sampling Sardis throughout 2013 to evaluate the impacts these regulation changes may have on the crappie resource. If negative impacts on the crappie resource are found, we will recommend reinstating the 12-inch minimum in 2014." No changes are proposed on Grenada, Enid, and Arkabutla lakes, with current length and bag limits remaining the same, 12 inches and 20 fish. Aninformational meeting on the proposed regulation will be held January 31, 2013, at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery and Visitor Education Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone wishing to comment on the proposed change may do so in writing to the Executive Director, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, 1505 Eastover Dr., Jackson, MS 39211, no later than February 16, 2013.

For more information regarding wildlife or hunting in Mississippi, visit our website at http://www.mdwfp.com or call us at 601-432-2400. 

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