Call it a give and take proposition -raising the length limit on Lake of the Ozarks would mean bringing home less crappie but, in the end, it would likely result in more meat being put on your dinner table. That would appear to be preliminary results of an extensive study, two years in the works so far, being conducted by Greg Stoner,a marine biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation. He says he’s been gathering data from all over the lake.
Current data, according to Stoner, shows that raising the legal length limit from 9-inches to 10-inches would increase the crappie population between 88-and-126 percent which, in turn, would also result in 44-percent heavier fillets being put on your dinner table. Comments for and against a proposed length limit change are still being accepted by the department of conservation.