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Crappie = Gamefish…. Bluegills, sunnies, rock bass not?
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Oct 21, 2023 12:42:44   #
Mauwehu Loc: Norwalk Ct
 
Maybe someone can explain to me why Crappie are considered a game fish but bluegills, sunnies, rock bass aren’t. I’ve never caught one. The fight? The taste?
There is a Crappie pond a little north of me I’m going to fish one of these days. I’ve read on the stage that gulp minnows work well.
I’m Seriously interested.

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Oct 21, 2023 15:19:01   #
MarkW1257 Loc: Murrysville, PA
 
Good question. Maybe it’s because crappies grow considerably larger than even a big bluegill or rock bass ? I’m not a crappie fisherman and I’ve only caught them while fishing for other species of fish, usually bass, but the ones I have caught didn’t seem to fight very hard. I have eaten them a few times and they are quite tasty. As is the case with most species of fish, whether or not someone considers a fish to be a gamefish is really just a matter of opinion. By my own arbitrary standards, I consider any fish that will take an artificial lure or fly to be a gamefish but that’s just my opinion. How about this idea ? See if that species of fish is listed with the IGFA, the Internet Game Fish Associations ?

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Oct 21, 2023 15:23:57   #
MarkW1257 Loc: Murrysville, PA
 
Follow up. I sent this reply out before catching this mistake.
IGFA is the International Game Fish Association. NOT the Internet Game Fish Associations. You gotta watch everything don’t you ?

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Oct 21, 2023 16:28:18   #
Fredfish Loc: Prospect CT.
 
Mauwehu wrote:
Maybe someone can explain to me why Crappie are considered a game fish but bluegills, sunnies, rock bass aren’t. I’ve never caught one. The fight? The taste?
There is a Crappie pond a little north of me I’m going to fish one of these days. I’ve read on the stage that gulp minnows work well.
I’m Seriously interested.


I don't know Mark. Connecticut considers them a panfish, with no minimum size or bag limits. Also they can be used as bait, which gamefish cannot.



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Oct 21, 2023 16:34:10   #
Namvet69 Loc: Ohio
 
MarkW1257 wrote:
Follow up. I sent this reply out before catching this mistake.
IGFA is the International Game Fish Association. NOT the Internet Game Fish Associations. You gotta watch everything don’t you ?


I agree. Fishing is a game. Pitting oneself against a quarry=being fish. He wishes to eat and you wish to catch. Who out smarts who!!! That’s who wins. Sometimes to his demise. IMO

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Oct 21, 2023 21:17:47   #
Uncle_T Loc: Georgia
 
They are game fish here, but you can use them as bait if you catch them with a hook and line

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Oct 21, 2023 22:41:55   #
Mauwehu Loc: Norwalk Ct
 
MarkW1257 wrote:
Follow up. I sent this reply out before catching this mistake.
IGFA is the International Game Fish Association. NOT the Internet Game Fish Associations. You gotta watch everything don’t you ?


Thank you for your reply. I know it IS considered a game fish but why when the other species aren’t???!

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Oct 21, 2023 22:46:59   #
Namvet69 Loc: Ohio
 
Mauwehu wrote:
Thank you for your reply. I know it IS considered a game fish but why when the other species aren’t???!



Another question along same line; why are some plants called flowers while others that are just as pretty, maybe prettier, considered weeds?

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Oct 21, 2023 22:53:10   #
Mauwehu Loc: Norwalk Ct
 
Fredfish wrote:
I don't know Mark. Connecticut considers them a panfish, with no minimum size or bag limits. Also they can be used as bait, which gamefish cannot.


Hey buddy. You do live up to your last name—Fish! Thanks for the info and your opinion. Maybe Mark above is right….it’s about size. The record crappie in our state is twice as big as any sunny or pumpkin seed. Any idea why goldfish can’t be bait? Introduction of an invasive species? I’ve seen goldfish/carp in local ponds.

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Oct 21, 2023 22:56:03   #
Mauwehu Loc: Norwalk Ct
 
Namvet69 wrote:
I agree. Fishing is a game. Pitting oneself against a quarry=being fish. He wishes to eat and you wish to catch. Who out smarts who!!! That’s who wins. Sometimes to his demise. IMO


Right. Every once in a while I come across a pond that doesn’t get fished. The fish in it bite anything you throw them. I’ve seen crappie fisherman with 5 gallon buckets filled with them.

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Oct 21, 2023 22:58:09   #
Mauwehu Loc: Norwalk Ct
 
Namvet69 wrote:
Another question along same line; why are some plants called flowers while others that are just as pretty, maybe prettier, considered weeds?


Which is why my wife prefers that I don’t weed without her. Weeds take over.

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Oct 21, 2023 23:03:22   #
Mauwehu Loc: Norwalk Ct
 
Uncle_T wrote:
They are game fish here, but you can use them as bait if you catch them with a hook and line


Likewise here. Your state record bass (24lbs) is twice as big as ours in Ct. (12 lbs)

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Oct 21, 2023 23:08:21   #
Fredfish Loc: Prospect CT.
 
Mauwehu wrote:
Hey buddy. You do live up to your last name—Fish! Thanks for the info and your opinion. Maybe Mark above is right….it’s about size. The record crappie in our state is twice as big as any sunny or pumpkin seed. Any idea why goldfish can’t be bait? Introduction of an invasive species? I’ve seen goldfish/carp in local ponds.


I think you're right about the Goldfish. They survive easily, and can be prolific. Calico may be considered "Game fish" in some places, but I don't know why. Most places have strict limits on all "Game Fish" but not on them (Crappie). I think maybe the elevation to tournament status might have something to do with it.

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Oct 21, 2023 23:16:42   #
Mauwehu Loc: Norwalk Ct
 
Fredfish wrote:
I think you're right about the Goldfish. They survive easily, and can be prolific. Calico may be considered "Game fish" in some places, but I don't know why. Most places have strict limits on all "Game Fish" but not on them (Crappie). I think maybe the elevation to tournament status might have something to do with it.


👍👍👍 Ah yes—-tournament status may be it.

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Oct 22, 2023 00:04:02   #
Namvet69 Loc: Ohio
 
Fredfish wrote:
I think you're right about the Goldfish. They survive easily, and can be prolific. Calico may be considered "Game fish" in some places, but I don't know why. Most places have strict limits on all "Game Fish" but not on them (Crappie). I think maybe the elevation to tournament status might have something to do with it.


Ohio crappie limit per day is 30 Minimum 9”

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