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MDC proposes regulation changes for DeLaney Lake
The Missouri Department of Conservation is proposing changing the crappie regulations at the Robert G. DeLaney Lake from statewide limits -- no minimum length and 30 fish per day daily limit -- to a 9-inch minimum length limit with a daily limit of 15, effective March of 2006.
"These new regulations will reduce harvest of smaller crappie and should result in more, and larger, crappie in the lake," said MDC fisheries biologist Paul Cieslewicz.
Similar regulations have improved crappie populations in several of Missouri's large reservoirs, according to the Department of Conservation.
The lake, just north of Charleston, Mo., is one of the most popular lakes in Southeast Missouri.
"It has the potential to grow crappie larger than 10 inches," Cieslewicz said.
According to tagging studies and population surveys, anglers harvest a high percentage of 8-inch crappie. Consequently, few fish survive to grow larger. According to population surveys, only 15 percent of the crappie are longer than 9 inches.
The public may comment on this proposal by contacting Cieslewicz at (573) 290-5730, firstname.lastname@example.org, or at Missouri Department of Conservation, 2302 County Park Drive, Cape Girardeau, Mo., 63701.
Some information for this article was provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation.