Commercial Crappie Fishing Stopped
courtesy of TWRA
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.
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
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