According to the release, harvest and delayed mortality of caught and released striped bass have reduced the coastal population below levels needed to sustain high-quality recreational angling experiences. Due to the negative impact on the fishery, harvest and terminal tackle restrictions are needed to help rebuild the coastal stock. These changes are effective beginning April 1. These regulation changes, tackle and registration requirements do not apply to inland populations of striped bass or hybrid striped bass. Under the new minimum size limits, anglers are permitted to harvest one striped bass per day that measures at least 28 inches but less than 35 inches in the Delaware Estuary from the Pennsylvania line upstream to Calhoun Street Bridge during the periods January 1 through March 31 and June 1 through December During the period from April 1 through May 31, anglers may harvest two striped bass daily that measure at least 21 inches but less than 24 inches.
While stripers are native to salt water, they naturally migrate into fresh water streams to spawn. Their eggs must remain in motion in order to hatch so the fresh water rivers and streams become the ideal spawning grounds for stripers. Landlocked stripers then populate the lakes. The state record striper was caught out of the Raystown Lake. When fishing for stripers concentrate on the deeper waters in the lake.
Sparky Price. Owner of Trophy Guide Service for 35 years, Sparky has been asked every question about the lake and its fish hundreds of times. Maybe thousands. And he knows all the answers.
Growing up in Pennsylvania with no ocean in sight and a best friend whose need for stripers rivaled his need for oxygen meant that we were always headed out of state. Anywhere between Massachusetts and North Carolina was fair game for us. My memories of striper fishing from grade school through college consist of chasing those first reports of herring to the Jersey Shore in February when the temperatures were still in the single digits; living out of a truck on Island Beach State Park for days at a time; spending entire summer nights checking out every bridge between Ocean City and Cape May; making the long drive up to Montauk to traverse the lighthouse rocks in the fall; and even trekking down to the Outer Banks after Christmas. Somebody else I knew thought it would be a good idea to don wetsuits in the Cape Hatteras surf in the dead of winter. If only we had known about the striper fishery hiding right in our own backyards.