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At what size do you start keeping crappie?
« on: Jan 06, 2015, 05:47 PM »
I was curious how long crappie had to be before y'all considered keeping them? I have been considering chasing after some to make a good meal. Here in New York they must be 9", but I am not sure how nice the filet is from a 9" fish. So... what is everyone's opinion?

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Re: At what size do you start keeping crappie?
« Reply #1 on: Jan 06, 2015, 10:44 PM »
Usually depends on how thick they are, we have no size limit here. If it's legal, worth cleaning and eating, go for it nobody will say anything

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Re: At what size do you start keeping crappie?
« Reply #2 on: Jan 07, 2015, 09:47 AM »
I usually look for 10'', but that's in waters where there are a bunch of them that size or bigger. Honestly you should take whatever the dominant year class though I won't keep less than 9" even if they are stunted.

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Re: At what size do you start keeping crappie?
« Reply #3 on: Jan 07, 2015, 10:12 AM »
I usually look for 10'', but that's in waters where there are a bunch of them that size or bigger. Honestly you should take whatever the dominant year class though I won't keep less than 9" even if they are stunted.

Exactly what I do.

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Re: At what size do you start keeping crappie?
« Reply #4 on: Jan 07, 2015, 10:16 AM »
I go by how thick they are usually. I've had 8"ers that had more meat on them than 10"ers.

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Re: At what size do you start keeping crappie?
« Reply #5 on: Jan 07, 2015, 11:45 AM »
Thanks for the advice guys. Hopefully I can catch some keepers tonight.

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Re: At what size do you start keeping crappie?
« Reply #6 on: Jan 07, 2015, 11:56 AM »
The lake I fish has a lot of crappies 8-13 inches. I really hate people that keep small fish and play the compation game. I rather keep a dozen quality fish than 30 crappie under 10 inches.A 10.5 inch fish would be my start but have kept thick chunky 10's.Last year the crappie ran above average 11- 13 where keepers.

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Re: At what size do you start keeping crappie?
« Reply #7 on: Jan 07, 2015, 03:18 PM »
Usually depends on how thick they are, we have no size limit here. If it's legal, worth cleaning and eating, go for it nobody will say anything
swift's got it right , if it's legal and your trying to fill the freezer 9 and up... but only keep what you need and don't keep going to the same place over and over and pounding on them, cause if it's a Small body of water, won't take long to fish them out.
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Re: At what size do you start keeping crappie?
« Reply #8 on: Jan 14, 2015, 07:35 PM »
9-13" for me anything under or over go back. But depending on the size of the lake, population etc that range can shift an inch or so either way.
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Re: At what size do you start keeping crappie?
« Reply #9 on: Feb 16, 2015, 03:43 PM »
11 thats when they start to get weight on them

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Re: At what size do you start keeping crappie?
« Reply #10 on: Feb 16, 2015, 03:52 PM »
Depends on how hungry I am, usually 10"!!

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Re: At what size do you start keeping crappie?
« Reply #11 on: Feb 16, 2015, 11:49 PM »
The lake I fish has a lot of crappies 8-13 inches. I really hate people that keep small fish and play the compation game. I rather keep a dozen quality fish than 30 crappie under 10 inches.A 10.5 inch fish would be my start but have kept thick chunky 10's.Last year the crappie ran above average 11- 13 where keepers.

Keeping the 9-10" fish is usually better for a fishery than keeping just the biggest you catch because there is more meat on them...

I hate it when people criticize others for keeping 8-9" crappies but then they put an 8" male bluegill in their bucket. More meat on an 8-9in crappie and it wont hurt the fishery at all. Taking big crappie and bluegill while leaving the smaller clean-able fish will wreck a lake fast. When a crappie gets to 12-13" he is now a predator, he will eat his fill of bluegill and crappie fry each spring. Those are the fish you want to release... Its called selective harvest. I absolutely hate selfish people who only keep what they want (the breeders) instead of what is best for an ecosystem... Pulling 8-9" male gills off beds in the spring is one that comes to mind...

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Re: At what size do you start keeping crappie?
« Reply #12 on: Feb 19, 2015, 04:37 PM »
it all depends one who's cleaning them. 

I'll clean 8-9" crappies but i fillet, cut the skin off and cut away the ribs i don't slice under them just cut it all away with a zip of the knife.   

but i'll be honest, i'm generally not keeping anything under 11.  not because i have an issue with people doing it, but because i don't keep alot of fish.  and even if i catch an 11" er or two, i'll throw some water int he bucket until i have at least 5 because otherwise, theya re going back in. 
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Re: At what size do you start keeping crappie?
« Reply #13 on: Feb 19, 2015, 04:41 PM »
I was curious how long crappie had to be before y'all considered keeping them? I have been considering chasing after some to make a good meal. Here in New York they must be 9", but I am not sure how nice the filet is from a 9" fish. So... what is everyone's opinion?

More of a slot limit ....as stated 9 in minimum ....so 10,11 an 12 ...with larger released for gene pool maintenance...but if your get a lot of a certain year class keepers ...lets say 10 inches then 11 inches and above get released ...I hope I am doing the right thing .
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Re: At what size do you start keeping crappie?
« Reply #14 on: Feb 19, 2015, 09:29 PM »
The smaller (8" to 10") ones hold together better in the pan!
The big ones seem to fall apart.......so usually throw the 11"+
 ones back! SSometimes I'll cut the big ones in pieces! But if
I can find the good eaters than I normally throw the bigger ones
 back in the hole! ;D
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Re: At what size do you start keeping crappie?
« Reply #15 on: Jan 19, 2016, 02:06 PM »
9-10". Gotta be 9" to keep here in NY but usually try to keep the 10-11" fish

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Re: At what size do you start keeping crappie?
« Reply #16 on: Jan 23, 2016, 10:51 PM »
For the lakes I fish here in Central Minnesota I like to keep 8 to 10 inch crappies if I want to eat some. to me under 8 and they are hard to fillet and over 10 they are better to be left in the lake for breeder stock for future crappies. it really varies from lake to lake as to keeper size fish. look at the population numbers from dnr test netting and look at the sizes they are catching and set you keeping slot by that.
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Re: At what size do you start keeping crappie?
« Reply #17 on: Jan 30, 2016, 10:43 AM »
Like others have said it depends on the lake and the thickness of the crappie. One lake I fish I will keep 8" crappies as long as they are thick. But I will only keep maybe 15 crappies out of that lake the entire year. Another lake I fish I will keep 9" if they are thick or start at 10" and release any over 13".

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Re: At what size do you start keeping crappie?
« Reply #18 on: Feb 05, 2016, 03:56 PM »
9 to 11" smaller or bigger than that goes back to see another day.i don't like the taste of the big slab specks and don't like getting the fillet knife out for anything under 9.

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Re: At what size do you start keeping crappie?
« Reply #19 on: Feb 20, 2016, 04:11 PM »
most times if it hits the end of the line and ends up in the livewell we make them into turds around here.  there is no length limit and can keep 30.  there was a huge white class last year and this spring should be killer.  we have jerked some huge 14 and 15 inchers out this winter and have a very healthy population.  the dept. of conservation does an outstanding job of maintaining structures and adding new structures every year.

 

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