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Striped Bass Slot Limit Town Hall Meeting & Survey

When: Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 6pm to 8pm
Where: CDFW Office in West Sacramento

Ask: All NCGASA members should be present.

What: The CA Department of Fish and Wildlife will be posting a news release about the Striped Bass Slot Limit Town Hall meeting slated for Aug 24 from 6-8pm, next week. The primary meeting location will be at the CDFW West Sacramento office conference room for those who can make the meeting. They will also use a teleconference line to allow callers to listen in.

CDFW will also release a SURVEY asking general questions about the striped bass fishery similar to the survey they are conducting during creel surveys. Contact jonathan.nelson@wildlife.ca.gov for questions. CLICK HERE for SURVEY.

 

Jonathan Nelson
Environmental Program Manager I
Anadromous Fishes Conservation and Management Program
Fisheries Branch
CA Department of Fish and Wildlife
1010 Riverside Parkway
West Sacramento, CA 95605
(O) 916-376-1641

 

Updated CDFW press release:

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is soliciting public input on a proposed regulation change that would restrict the harvest of striped bass to a “slot limit” between 20 and 30 inches for inland anadromous waters. Under the proposal, all striped bass caught below 20 inches in length and above 30 inches in length would have to be released.

The Nor-Cal Guides and Sportsmen’s Association has submitted the regulation change proposal to the California Fish and Game Commission. The stated goal is to protect the species by increasing the minimum length to allow more fish to mature and successfully spawn prior to harvest and to protect the larger fish that tend to be the most prolific spawners and are becoming increasingly rare in the fishery.

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

Under existing 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 daily limit of two fish would not change under the proposal.

CDFW scientists are currently evaluating the available angler survey and monitoring data to help determine how this proposed change may affect the striped bass fishery, including harvest opportunities and biological processes. CDFW is requesting input from the public on the interest and support of the proposed regulation change before making recommendations to the California Fish and Game Commission.

CDFW has developed a Striped Bass Angler Preference Survey to solicit input. 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 regulation change on Wednesday, August 24, 2022. Those interested can attend and participate either in person or remotely (online or by phone).

The meeting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. within CDFW’s Fisheries’ Branch headquarters, 1010 Riverside Parkway, West Sacramento, 95605, in the California Poppy Conference Room.

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

At the meeting, the public is invited to ask questions of both CDFW and the Nor Cal-Guides and Sportsmen’s Association. CDFW staff will provide updates on the current state of the striped bass fishery along with existing angler survey data.

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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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