Delaware’s 2015 striped bass regulations

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Striped bass spawning season starts tomorrow …

The new striped bass regulations from DNREC … “Secretary’s Order No. 2015-F-0010 was signed March 30, 2015 approving amendments to the striped bass regulations.  The order has been posted online. http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Info/Documents/Secretarys%20Order%202015-F-0010.pdf ) .

In summary, effective 11 May 2015, the recreational size, seasons and possession limits will be as follows –
A person may possess two striped bass (in any combination) from 28 to 37 inches or 44 inches or greater, except …  from April 1 through May 31 (the striped bass spawning season), none may be taken from the Nanticoke River or its tributaries and the DE River and its tributaries north of the south jetty of the C& D Canal …..  

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Slot season remains in effect from July 1 through August 31, an angler may take two striped bass from 20 to 25 inches (only) in the DE River, Bay and their tidal tributaries (the 28-37”; >44” does not apply). “

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Ben Smith with the Delaware State Striped bass record at 52 pounds

Remember spawning season for striped bass starts on April 1st and that ain’t no fools.  The restrictions for spawning season from DNREC are as follows … ” Striped bass Spawning season … The spawning season for striped bass in Delaware is considered to begin at 12:01 a.m. on April 1 and continue through midnight on May 31 of each calendar year. It is unlawful for any person to take and retain any striped bass during the spawning season from the Nanticoke River or its tributaries, the Delaware River and its tributaries to the north of a line extending due east beginning at and including the south jetty at the mouth of the C & D Canal, or the C & D Canal or its tributaries. Catch and release only during this season; no harvest is allowed.  Circle-hooks …. It is unlawful for any person to fish during the striped bass spawning season on any striped bass spawning ground with natural bait using any hook other than a non-offset circle-hook when said hook measures greater than 3/8 inches as measured from the point of the hook to the shank of the hook.

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