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Black Crappie Management Plan

Black Crappie Regulations Review Public Virtual Meetings

Virtual conversations with stakeholders will be conducted in place of traditional in-person meetings.  The objective of the conversations will be to gather stakeholder input on current black crappie regulations.

The FWC is currently planning these meetings and will soon announce how to attend.

Date Time Area of Focus
01/12/2021 6-8 p.m. ET Lake Istokpoga, Lake June, other Highlands County lakes
01/14/2021 6-8 p.m. ET Winter Haven Chain, Tenoroc, Lakeland area, other SW Region areas
01/19/2021 6-8 p.m. ET Lake Trafford and other South Region resources
01/21/2021 6-8 p.m. ET Lake Okeechobee
01/26/2021 6-8 p.m. ET Harris Chain of Lakes
01/28/2021 6-8 p.m. ET Kissimmee Chain of Lakes
02/09/2021 6-8 p.m. ET Lakes Dias, Weir, Kerr, and other Northeast Region resources
02/11/2021 6-8 p.m. ET St. Johns River
02/16/2021 6-8 p.m. ET Lake Talquin
02/23/2021 6-8 p.m. CT/ 7-9 p.m. ET Commission Managed Impoundments and other Northwest Region resources
02/25/2021 6-8 p.m. ET Orange Creek Basin (Orange, Lochloosa, and Newnans lakes)
03/04/2021 6-8 p.m. ET Lake Santa Fe, Rodman, other North Central Region resources
Black Crappie Management Plan

Black crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus) is a highly valued game fish throughout much of North America, including Florida, where the species is commonly known as “speckled perch” or “specks”. Florida’s black crappie fisheries are seasonal, largely occurring during winter and spring, making Florida a popular winter destination for travelling anglers. Florida’s crappie fisheries are important to resident and non-resident anglers alike, making black crappie the most targeted fish during winter at some lakes and in some cases the most targeted fish for the entire year.

To best direct management and research for this popular species, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff have drafted a comprehensive Black Crappie Management Plan, which utilizes a thorough review of existing scientific literature and extensive communications with crappie anglers.

Thank you for your input!

Black Crappie Management Plan Cover

Thank you to everyone who participated in the six open houses across Florida to provide comments about the draft plan. Your input is valuable and was incorporated into the updated Black Crappie Management Plan.

Black crappie angler

We appreciate your participation!