Florida’s statewide abundance of fishing resources makes it one of the most popular places to plan a fishing vacation.
Types of Crappie in Florida Waters: Both Black Crappie and White Crappie can be found in Florida waters, though the Black Crappie are more predominate.
The State Record for Black Crappie is 3 pounds, 13 ounces. Black Crappie prefer water temperatures of 68 to 72 Degrees, and deeper, slow moving waters.
White Crappie also prefer water temperatures of 68 to 72 Degrees. White Crappie prefer darker, murky waters, with ample amounts of cover available.
Rules and Regulations on Crappie in Florida : To fish in Florida, you must be a resident for no less then six months prior to purchasing your fishing license. None fishing licensees are also available. All military personnel and their families that are stationed in Florida are consider Florida residents, no matter the length of time in which they have been in Florida.
You can purchase licenses at any county tax collectors or at any of their subagents. Subagents can generally be found in tackle and bait shops, fish camps, sporting goods stores, and larger department stores that have outdoor sections. When purchasing your license from a subagent, it is typically about 50 cents more. The prices are set by the Florida Legislature.
A total of 25-30 Crappie can be taken per day, depending on the area in which you are fishing. This is a strict rule enforced by local game rangers, and strong punishments come with breaking this rule, so be careful and keep count!
Florida Hot Spots : LAKE KISSIMMEE- Lake Kissimmee is a large rectangular lake, spreading over 35,000 acres. Lake Kissimmee stretches from State Route 60 north along the western edge of Osceola County. The typical depth is somewhat shallow, at only 10 feet deep. The lake has a number of recognizable islands, such as Stern, Rabbit, Ox, Bird and, the largest of them all, Brahma Island.
Lake Kissimmee does not require any special techniques or equipment to catch Crappie. Instead, a pole of your choice, whether it be a cane pole or standard 10 ft fiberglass pole, small hooks, and corks will do the trick. Live bait such as crickets and earthworms may be your best bet.
Fisherman must beware of bad weather on Lake Kissimmee. Because of the size of the lake, and how shallow the lake is, even the smallest wind gusts of 10 to 15 miles per hour can kick up some high waves, which could potentially be dangerous to fisherman in smaller boats. On days when wind is present, it may be better to fish onshore, or use a boat that is larger and more stable.