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Commercial Crappie Fishing Stopped
courtesy of TWRA

 The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission (TWRC) closed Reelfoot lake to commercial crappie fishing during its May meeting held in Nashville, TN. The TWRC voted unanimously to close the commercial taking of crappie, which has been allowed on Reelfoot Lake off and on since the 1940's.

 In recent years, the commercial taking of crappie has been by contract only. Reelfoot Lake was the only body of water in the United States where crappie could be harvested commercially and sold.

 Tim Broadbent, TWRA Region I reservoir biologist stated, "Several factors have come into play over the last decade which led to the recommendation that the commercial taking of crappie be closed at Reelfoot.
 First was the 15 inch minimum length placed on bass in the lake. This allowed the bass in the lake to attain a size to help keep the crappie population under control. The second factor has been that over the last ten years, sport fishing pressure for crappie at Reelfoot has quadrupled."

 Broadbent further stated, "the decision made by the TWRC to close commercial crappie fishing at Reelfoot has received nothing but positive support from local restaurants, resort owners and anglers around the lake.


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