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idewater Trader October 10, 2018 Page B28
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Enhanced Conservation Rules on Use of Bait and Hooks; Minimum Size
Reduced to 19 Inches
The opening of regular striped bass season onMay 16
began newconservation-
minded regulations pertaining to the use of bait, gear and hooks.
The Maryland General Assembly Joint Committee Administrative, Executive
and Legislative Review Committee recently approved Maryland Department of
Natural Resources regulations, which are effective now through December 15
In the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries:
Anglers must use non-offset
circle hooks when live-lining or
Anglers must use circle hooks or
“J” hooks when using fish, crabs
or worms as bait, or when using
processed baits; and
The minimum size for striped
bass is 19 inches.
“The new rockfish regulations seek to address the shared concerns of anglers,
charters and conservationists who have reported high mortality rates of sublegal
rockfish,” Fishing and Boating Service Director David Blazer said. “The new rules
aim to increase fishing opportunity and success while reducing unnecessary
mortality in the bay.”
While the emergency regulations are in effect, the department is also moving
forward with regulations aimed at making them permanent through the reminder
of the 2018 and 2019 fishing seasons.
Staff have begun a proactive education and public relations campaign to ensure
that anglers, bait-and-tackle shops, charter boat captains and the Maryland
Natural Resources Police understand the new striped bass minimum size and
corresponding gear requirements.
After the regulations sunset in 2019, the department will use new stock
assessment data to determine if the new conservation actions were preventing
mortality as designed and intended. Look for limit and fishing area details
in Tidewater Trader each week, or online at
NEW Striped Bass Regulations
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