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Regulations on Foster-Arend

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This past weekend I witnessed a group of people catching and keeping 6 inch crappies from Foster-Arend Lake. I discussed the issue with them and they saw nothing wrong with it...... they were targeting these fish and had taken home several the night before also.

Question... is there any natural reason why Crappies in Foster's wouldn't grow to a more mature size or is the pressure and harvesting of any fish caught the cause?

How were the regulations at Chester Woods put into place and how can someone initiate them at Fosters?

To say the least i was pissed.

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alkfish

I am not sure how to get regs changed. I know personally I have tried giving the dnr some input towards slot limits. It seems as though my pleas to help improve my favorite fishiries fall on deaf ears. BUT, contact your regional fisheries headquarters and voice your opinions.
Good luck!
~~~~~~~~Alkfish

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Jim W

frydaddy,
I'm not exactly positive on the biological/ecological explanation for the smaller than average size crappies, but I do believe that in gravel pits etc. their growth is stunted. Compared to natural lakes or even reservoirs, the gravel pit environment must not have the appropriate forage for crappies. I have fished other gravel pits in the Foster Arends area and they too had crappies that lacked the desirable size. However, the pits near/off of 2nd ST. NW have been reported to hold real nice crappies(I haven't tried there, word of mouth only). Chester Woods holds some real dandy crappies that I have personally pulled in!
The perch seem to be effected by this as well. Nothing but tie-clasp sized perch in Foster Arends. If you find yourself getting frustrated with other fisherman, take your frustrations out by contacting the local fisheries and wildlife management team. It's not the other fisherman's fault for legally keeping small fish! Good luck and keep the rods bendin'!!! Jim W

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frydaddy

I spoke with a few folks at the regional office in Lake City......... seems like Foster's is what they consider a cold water fishery... and due to the lack of shallows and cold water it probably won't support large crappies and other panfish. Growth rates are just too low. So....keeping small fish probably isn't going to affect this lake. Their emphasis is on the stock and take trout system which is in place. At least we have Chester Woods and some good regulations in place out there to make it a great fishery in a few years.

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