Striped-bass regulations (for sportfishing)



Department of Natural Resources: (301) 974-3664

Season: Oct. 5 through Nov. 9 in Maryland waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries as well as in the Atlantic Ocean off the Maryland coastline.

Creel limits: Recreational fishermen aboard privately owned boats or bank fishermen may keep two fish per day. Charter boat customers may keep five fish per day. Charter boat captains and mates may not keep any fish while on charter.

Size limits: In the Chesapeake and its tributaries, the minimum size will be 18 inches and the maximum, 36 inches. In coastal waters, rivers and back bays, there will be a 28-inch minimum limit and no maximum.

Catch allocations: Recreational fishermen have been allocated a total of 318,750 pounds. Charter boat customers have been allocated 112,500 pounds.

Prohibitions: Gaffs may not be used to land fish. Possession of rockfish is prohibited while fishing from boats or banks between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Recreational fishermen may not sell their catch.

Potomac River

Potomac River Fisheries Commission: (804) 224-7148)

Season: Oct. 5 through Nov. 15 or until the quota is reached.

Creel limit: Two fish per day for fishermen on privately owned boats, or bank fishermen. Five fish per day for charter boat customers, exclusive of skippers and mates.

Size limits: A minimum of 18 inches will be enforced and a maximum of 36 inches will be allowed.

Catch allocation: 57,000 pounds for the recreational fishery.

Note: All recreational fishermen fishing for striped bass must have a free permit issued by the Potomac River Fisheries Commission, regardless of their age. To acquire a permit, write to the PRFC at P.O. Box 9, Colonial Beach, Va. 22443. Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope and name, address, telephone number and year of birth.


Department of Natural Resources: (302) 739-4506

Season: Year-round except during spawning season from April 1 to May 31, when the upper Nanticoke River, the C&D; Canal and the Delaware River, from its juncture with the canal north to the Pennsylvania line, are closed.

Creel limit: One fish per day.

Size limit: 28-inch minimum, no maximum.


Virginia Marine Resources Commission: (804) 247-2030)

Season: Nov. 5-Dec. 5 in tidal waters of Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries and coastal waters.

Creel limit: Two per day for all recreational fishermen, including charter boat customers, although charter boat skippers and mates may keep fish.

Size limit: In the Chesapeake and its tributaries, minimum size will be 18 inches, with a 36-inch maximum. In coastal waters, the minimum will be 28 inches with a 36-inch maximum.

Note: To fish in Virginia waters, recreational fishermen need a free striped bass permit from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. The permit may be obtained by writing to the VMRC Fisheries Management Division, P.O. Box 7556, Newport News, Va. 23607. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and name, address and telephone number. Also include type of gear to be used and primary launching and landing site.

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