DFO offering recreational striped bass fishery

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MONCTON, NB -- There will be a recreational striped bass fishery in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence again this year, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has announced. 

A recreational catch and release fishery will run from May 1 to September 30. Only single non-offset barbless hooks can be used in the recreational fishy.

As well, between May 1 and May 21, August 1 and August 21 and from September 24 to 30, anglers will be able to retain a maximum of one striped bass per day but cannot possess more than one striped bass at any time.

To protect both the immature fish and the large spawners, only fish that are between 50 and 65 centimeters in length can be retained.

As part of the data collection on the recreational retention fishery, anglers will be requested to fill out survey forms which will be used in making future management decisions.

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  • Brad Burns
    April 06, 2014 - 05:48

    This is a very disappointing liberalization of this fishery. There is hard evidence that the bass are eating too many of the Miramichi's salmon smolts in late May. Anglers should have no size and a larger bag limit from mid May to mid June.

  • UPWESTER
    April 05, 2014 - 10:50

    This is earth shattering news. Thank you, thank you, fisheries and oceans. You are so kind to let us catch one striped bass, that way we can feed our families, ( if yours happens to be a cat). I'm sure everyone is fuelling up their boats so they can go out to sea and catch that rarest of things, a striped bass. In Ontario they throw them away as they are a nuisance fish. How is this news? I wonder if fisheries and oceans will be providing log books for these (at a cost of course). Then you have monotoring fees,crew expenses, insurance, yeah, I think it's viable.

    • DownEaster
      April 06, 2014 - 19:05

      I for one am excited about the chance to legally catch and retain a striped bass. I also thank DFO, although not quite as sarcastically as you Upwester.