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CDFW Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Striped Bass Slot Limit

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking public comment on a proposed regulatory change that would limit the harvest of striped bass to a “window limit” of between 20 and 30 inches for anadromous inland waters. According to the proposal, all striped bass caught below 20 inches in length and above 30 inches in length should be released.

The Nor-Cal Guides and Sportsmen’s Association submitted the proposed rule change to the California Fish and Game Commission. The stated aim is to protect the species by increasing the minimum length to allow more fish to mature and spawn successfully before harvest and to protect the larger fish which tend to be the most prolific breeders and which are becoming increasingly rare in fishing.

If approved, the location limit would apply to any striped bass caught by recreational anglers in all of the state’s anadromous inland waters, which include coastal and Central Valley and Delta rivers and streams. Sacramento-San Joaquin to Carquinez Bridge near Vallejo. This proposal would not include inland reservoirs, lakes or ocean waters, which include San Francisco and San Pablo bays up to the Carquinez Bridge.

Under current regulations, anglers fishing for striped bass in anadromous waters are limited to two striped bass per day, each with a minimum size of 18 inches in total length. There is no maximum size limit. The two-fish daily limit would not change under the proposal.

CDFW scientists are currently evaluating available angler survey and monitoring data to help determine how this proposed change might affect the striped bass fishery, including harvest opportunities and biological processes. The CDFW is seeking public comment on interest and support for the proposed regulatory change before making recommendations to the California Fish and Game Commission.

CDFW has developed a striped bass angler preference survey to solicit feedback. Anglers can participate by following this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SPJL6DR.

CDFW and the Nor-Cal Guides and Sportsmen’s Association will also host a public meeting on the proposed rule change on Wednesday, August 24, 2022. Interested persons may attend and participate in person or remotely (online or by phone).

The meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the CDFW Fisheries Branch Headquarters, 1010 Riverside Parkway, West Sacramento, 95605, California Poppy Conference Room.

Participants can visit the following link to join the online meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81676220423. Those wishing to listen or participate by phone can do so by dialing (866) 390-1828.

At the meeting, the public is invited to ask questions of both the CDFW and the Nor Cal-Guides and Sportsmen’s Association. CDFW staff will provide updates on the current status of the striped bass fishery as well as existing angler survey data. Those with additional questions can email CDFW at [email protected]

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Media contacts:
Peter Tira, CDFW Communications, (916) 215-3858
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 804-1714
Jonathan Nelson, CDFW Fisheries Branch, (916) 376-1641

Photo: CDFW photo of an employee holding a striped bass, by Devin Tafoya

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