Striped Bass in the News

Approved April 2, 2014

This conservation and harvesting plan (CHP) applies to all recreational anglers fishing striped bass in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence in the waters adjacent to the Maritime Provinces during the period from May 1 to September 30, 2014. Please note that this CHP is subject to change following ministerial decisions or annual review.

MIRAMICHI • Approximately 200 men and women attended Sunday afternoon’s public information forum to discuss their concerns with the striped bass season.

The meeting was held at the Newcastle Lions Club and organized by a small group of avid, local anglers who are upset the striped bass fishing season this year will not be without restrictions. Many local fishermen think the striped bass have played a direct part in the decline of the Miramichi River system’s Atlantic salmon population and they believe and say opening up the striped bass season would be a step in the right direction to bolster salmon stocks.

Moncton, NB – April 4, 2014 - Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) today approved the 2014 Conservation and Harvesting Plan for Striped Bass in the waters adjacent to the Maritime Provinces in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.

New for 2014, the Department will authorize additional days in the retention fishery. From May 1 to 21, from August 1 to 21, and from September 24 to 30, 2014, anglers will be able to retain a maximum of one striped bass per day and will be prohibited from possessing more than one striped bass at any given time. Outside of these ‘retention’ periods, all striped bass caught must be released immediately in a matter that causes the least harm to the fish.

Check out these incredible photos shot on May 29, 2014 by spotter pilot Wayne Davis ( Wayne was flying over Cape Cod Bay when he spotted and photographed this massive school of striped bass. Based on many years of experience, Wayne estimates the number of bass he saw yesterday in the tens of thousands, and estimates the average size of the bass around 1.5 to 2 feet.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A new limit on striped bass caught in the ocean off Virginia’s coast goes into effect Thursday. Anglers working from the coast to 3 miles out can keep only one striped bass measuring at least 28 inches. The previous limit was two. The limit is aimed at reversing a decline in the striped bass population.