Author Topic: At what size do you start keeping crappie?  (Read 6119 times)

Offline rdhammah

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Re: At what size do you start keeping crappie?
« Reply #30 on: Feb 22, 2018, 05:42 PM »
I learned how long it takes them to grow to 13 inches or more.  Now I tend to keep them between 10'' and 12".  In PA, a 12 inch crappie is usually about 8 years old but a 14+" fish is nearly 20 years old.  A 10-12 inch fish makes a good fillet but it takes far less time to replace that fish.   
After reading this, it got me thinking. This season, I caught a lot of 13-15" crappie as did my buddy. Kept 'em all. Now I regret it. Did not even think about it til now. New leaf - gonna let those big ones go....unless they are gut hooked (haven't had one yet) and keep the smaller ones

Offline Snitch#8

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Re: At what size do you start keeping crappie?
« Reply #31 on: Feb 22, 2018, 05:55 PM »
I've caught specks up to 18.5 inches here in Michigan.  I've seen em bigger.  Nothing over thirteen inches go home.  And, I try not to take a limit home either.  Our limit is 25 but very seldom do I go over 15.  I only keep a limit if I'm having family or friends over for a fish fry.   I am fortunate to have some very nice speck and gill spots and I don't want them to disappear. 

 



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