Striped Bass

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Regulations

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  • Additional Notes
    Exception: striped bass legally harvested at Block Island, RI may be transported through this area.

  • Additional Notes
    Harvest prohibited in federal waters.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 28 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Striped Bass are measured from the tip of the snout or jaw (mouth closed) to the furthest extremity of the tail. The discard of dead legal sized striped bass is unlawful. The practice of high-grading, whereby legal sized striped bass are released in favor of larger fish caught subsequently is unlawful. Striped bass must be kept whole, meaning the head, tail, and body remain intact.
    Only evisceration is allowed.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Max Size: 43 in Min Size: 28 in Total Length

  • License Required
    All saltwater anglers must register with the NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry Program. To register, visit http://www.saltwaterregistry.nj.gov

  • Additional Notes
    Trophy Limit is not included in Bag Limit (1 fish at 28 inches to less than 43 inches PLUS 1 fish at 43 inches or greater).
    Atlantic Ocean NJ state waters: no closed season

    Delaware River and tributaries - Calhoun St Bridge to Salem River and tributaries: open season Mar 1 - Mar 31 and Jun 1 - Dec 31.

    Delaware River and tributaries - upstream of Calhoun St Bridge: open season Mar 1 - Dec 31.

    All other NJ marine waters: open Mar 1 - Dec 31.

    Atlantic Ocean Federal Waters (>3 miles from shore): closed

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Measurements Min Size: 26 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from June 1st, 2018 to September 30th, 2018

  • Additional Notes
    May only be taken by rod and reel.

    In the lower reach of the Savannah River:
    bag limit = 2 striped bass, striped bass hybrids, white bass, or any combination of these species per person per day.
    minimum size = 27 inches total length.
    closed season does not apply.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Max Size: 37 in Min Size: 28 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Catch and release only on spawning grounds April 1 - May 31. The spawning season for striped bass in Delaware begins at 12:01 a.m. on April 1 and continues through midnight on May 31. It is unlawful for any person to take and retain any striped bass during the spawning season from the Nanticoke River or its tributaries, the Delaware River and its tributaries to the north of a line extending due east beginning at and including the south jetty at the mouth of the C & D Canal, or the C & D Canal or its tributaries. Catch and release only during this season; no harvest is allowed.
    In DE River, DE Bay and their tributaries only 20 in - 25 in striped bass may be retained from July 1 - August 31.
    Trophy fish are included in the bag limit.

    Harvest of Striped Bass from Federal Waters is prohibited.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 28 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from December 16th, 2017 to April 14th, 2018
    from December 16th, 2018 to April 14th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    These regs are for marine waters.
    In the Hudson River north of George Washington Bridge Open Season is April 1 - November 30; minimum size is 18-28 in or >40 inches; and bag limit remains 1 striped bass per person.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 28 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from April 1st, 2018 to May 15th, 2018
    from April 1st, 2019 to May 15th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    Regulations provided here are for the Virginia Coastal Season.
    Minimum size limit increased to 36 inches from May 1 to May 15 in Coastal Areas.

    Coastal Regulations apply in Virginia's coastal ocean waters inside the Three Mile Limit Line, plus all of the creeks, bays, inlets and tributaries on the seaside of Accomack County, Northampton County (including areas east of the causeway from Fisherman Island to the mainland) and the City of Virginia Beach (including federal areas and state parks, fronting on the Atlantic Ocean and east and south of the point where the shoreward boundary of the Territorial Sea joins the mainland at Cape Henry).

    For additional information and other areas, please see Virginia's Recreational Fishing Regulations.
    Gaffing striped bass or attempting to gaff striped bass is illegal in Virginia marine waters.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 28 in Total Length

  • License Required
    Eligible for NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament managed by Division of Marine Fisheries.

  • Additional Notes
    **Note regulations here are for Atlantic Ocean. Striped Bass in Atlantic Ocean are open year-round. Landing Tags required May through October.
    Regulations for other areas can be found on the NCDENR Striped Bass Information page.
    Moratorium in Cape Fear River system - no possession allowed.
    Unlawful to possess Striped Bass in federal waters.
    These regulations include striped bass, hybrid bass and combinations.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 28 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Recreational harvest is permitted year round.
    Striped bass may only be taken by angling (spearing is prohibited) and the use of a gaff in the taking of striped bass is prohibited. However, striped bass legally taken by spearing in another state may be landed in Connecticut.
    No person shall land or possess on the waters of this state or on any parcel of land, structure, or portion of a roadway abutting tidal waters of this state any striped bass from which the head or tail has been removed or which has otherwise been rendered unidentifiable as a striped bass or unable to be measured.

    To learn more about the Bonus Striped Bass Fishing Program, please see Bonus Striped Bass Program.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 28 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Open year round.
    All striped bass 34 inches or larger harvested recreationally must have the entire right pectoral fin removed at the time of harvest.

    For more information, see RI Marine Fisheries Regulations: Striped Bass.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 22 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Minimum size is 27 inches total length in Savanah River and its tributaries.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Max Size: 38 in Min Size: 28 in Total Length

  • License Required
    If you catch a tagged fish, please follow the instructions printed on the tag, or call Fishing & Boating Services at 800-688-3467. Please record the tag number, capture date, fishing location, and total length.

  • Additional Notes
    Regulations shown are for Atlantic Ocean, Coastal Bays, and their tributaries. A person may not take or possess more than two striped bass per day from State waters of the Atlantic Ocean, its coastal bays, and their tributaries. The striped bass must be between 28 inches and 38 inches, inclusive, or greater than or equal to 44 inches.

    IMPORTANT!: For Chesapeake Bay & Tidal Tributaries regulations, YOU MUST SEE Maryland Striped Bass Map.

    Striped bass may not be caught, harassed or possessed in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which stretches from 3 to 200 miles off the coast.

  • Bag Limit 5

  • Measurements Min Size: 18 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Hook and line only.
    Bag limit includes striped bass, its hybrids and subspecies.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 16 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Only 2 striped bass are allowed within MRD Jurisdiction. See outdooralabama.com for more details.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 28 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Hook and line only, no gaffing of striped bass. Fish must remain whole and intact. Sale is prohibited. No bait allowed when using treble hooks. It is unlawful to use multiple (more than two) barbed or barbless treble hooks on any artificial lure or fly while fishing for striped bass in territorial waters. It is unlawful to use any hook other than a non-offset circle hook when using bait. Exception: Rubber or latex tube lures may be used without a circle hook as long as they are a minimum of 8 inches long and have a single hook protruding from the end portion of the tubing where bait may be attached. Note: there are special regulations in effect from December 1 through June 30 in the Kennebec, Sheepscot and Androscoggin Rivers and all related tributaries (see Maine DMR).

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 28 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Head and tail must remain intact while on or leaving state waters or shores (no fillets). Gaffing is prohibited. No sale of striped bass allowed, regardless of origin.

  • Closed Seasons from December 1st, 2017 to June 30th, 2018
    from December 1st, 2018 to June 30th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    CATCH & RELEASE SEASON WITH SPECIAL GEAR RESTRICTIONS: From May 1 through June 30, inclusive. Fishing in this area is restricted to single hooked artificial lures only (hook my be a single treble hook). Use of or possession of marine bait, dead or alive, is prohibited. OPEN SEASON July 1 through November 30, inclusive. CLOSED SEASON Striped bass fishing is prohibited in the Kennebec, Sheepscot, and Androscoggin Rivers and all related bays and tributaries from December 1 through April 30, inclusive.

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