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Two-week striped bass season for Susquehanna Flats approved

The Baltimore Sun

A regional fisheries management board yesterday approved Maryland's request for a two-week spring striped bass season in a shallow area at the mouth of the Susquehanna River.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources proposed the Susquehanna Flats season to give local anglers an opportunity to catch and keep striped bass, also known as rockfish. A similar proposal last spring for a season was rejected by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission because it failed to follow review procedures.

The Flats has been restricted to a catch-and-release fishery in the spring since the statewide striped bass moratorium ended in 1990.

The season, from May 16 to May 31, will limit anglers to one fish daily and an 18- to 26-inch slot limit. The regulations are geared to target resident fish, not the large migratory population that enters the Chesapeake Bay every spring to spawn.

The season will be monitored by DNR and counted toward the bay-wide quota for resident striped bass. Maryland will report back to the commission after the season and may propose continuation of the fishery for additional years.

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