River, Lake, Onshore, Near shore
10 - 30 pounds
According to NOAA’s 2018 assessment, striped bass are overfished and subject to overfishing. One of the most popular gamefish in America, striper populations have recovered from a precipitous decline in the late 1970s and early 1980s thanks to conservation efforts. In 1984, Congress passed the Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation Act, and Delaware and Maryland both temporarily banned striper fishing between 1985 and 1989. Overfishing has always been a concern with striped bass, and today is no different.
In 2020, most states aligned their recreational striped bass regulations, using a uniform slot size to preserve juvenile fish and big breeders. Most states allow recreational anglers to keep one fish, which cannot be shorter than 28 inches and must be less than 35 inches.
Additionally, it is illegal to keep a striped bass caught in federal waters (anywhere from 3 miles to 200 miles from shore).
As we move into 2021, states are mandating the use of non-offset circle hooks to decrease the recreational fishing mortality rate of striped bass.
All anglers should also check on their specific state’s striped bass regulations regarding gear and additional restrictions.