At its July meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved changes to size and bag limits for black crappie on specific Florida waterbodies, including Lake Jackson in Osceola County.
The regulatory changes remove waterbody-specific length and bag limits to revert to the statewide regulations of no minimum length limit and a 25-fish bag limit.
“This is an excellent example of how we have been working to improve fishing access to the public,” said FWC Chairman Rodney Barreto. “We applaud the agency for efforts to expand opportunities like these.”
FWC staff completed a Black Crappie Management Plan in 2019 that called for a comprehensive review of black crappie regulations. The team reviewed the biological aspects of regulations and gathered stakeholder input. Biological data indicated that minimum length limits would not improve most fisheries across the state and would unnecessarily restrict angler harvest opportunities on many waterbodies. Therefore, no statewide length limit was proposed.