Current crappie regulations to become permanent on Eagle Lake

Yesterday, at its monthly meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission passed a Notice of Intent to make the current crappie regulations on Eagle Lake in Madison Parish permanent. Eagle Lake is located in Northeast Louisiana and is shared border water with Mississippi.

The Commission made this decision following a recommendation from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists who recently completed a thorough population assessment and evaluation of an angler opinion survey conducted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. This border water oxbow is managed jointly by both states.

The current daily creel limit of 30 fish in the aggregate and 11-inch minimum length limit requirement was set to expire on October 1, 2019. Following a NOI public comment period, the Commission will review all feedback and finalize the rule. The public is encouraged to comment.

A Declaration of Emergency is necessary to maintain current regulations until the Notice of Intent is finalized.

Interested individuals may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Ryan Daniel, Biologist Manager, 368 Centurylink Drive, Monroe, LA 71203 or via email at rdaniel@wlf.la.gov prior to October 4, 2019.

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