01 April 2018

• Bad News for CT Fishing: Striper Slot Limit

CT DEEP: "Action Necessary to Rebuild Stocks"

HARTFORD: Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection has announced that due to decreasing numbers of large striped bass and the low juvenile class counts in the Delaware and Hudson Rivers in the past few years, a slot limit will be established for the taking of striped bass from Connecticut waters from April 1 to December 31, 2018.

Anglers will be allowed to keep only one fish per day between 34 inches and 36 inches.

DEEP official, Hal Abbott, remarked that "...the striper fishery is the backbone of the fishing economy in Connecticut. However, in recent years, the dwindling catch has both fishery agencies and fishermen worried. Agreeing to a state slot limit on striped bass is an important step in guaranteeing the future availability of this shared natural resource."

"I think it's probably the right thing to do," said Sal Monroe, 64, who has run a fishing party-boat out of the Housatonic River since 1985.

"It's tough, though. With such a narrow slot, few people are going to want to fish. I'm going to have to figure out what to do with nine months of little income."....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

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