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Marine Fisheries - Commercial Fishing - Striped Bass

Marine Fisheries

Striped bass

Striped Bass Commercial Fishing Regulations

Click here to view recent proclamations for Commercial Striped Bass Fishing
RegionContactQuotaSeasonSize Limit (TL)PossessionOther Restrictions
Atlantic Ocean
 Charlton.Godwin
@ncdenr.gov

800-338-7805
360,360 lbsWill be established by proclamation by fishery28" Minimum sizeWill be established by proclamation by fisheryDaily reporting
by dealers
Roanoke River Management Area*
MapN.C. Wildlife Resources Commision
Jeremy McCargo
Jeremy.McCargo
@ncwildlife.org
 
252-330-4063
 NoneClosedClosedNone allowed
*The Roanoke River Management Area (RRMA) is designated as Roanoke River and its joint and inland tributaries, including Middle, Eastmost and Cashie rivers, up to the Roanoke Rapids dam.
Albemarle Sound Management Area**
MapCharlton.Godwin
@ncdenr.gov

800-338-7805
137,500 lbsOct 1- April 30, closes when quota is met. Check proclamations for current status.18" minimumWill be established by proclamationDaily reporting
by dealers
**The Albemarle Sound Management Area (ASMA) is designated as Albemarle Sound and all its joint and inland water tributaries, (except for the Roanoke, Middle, Eastmost and Cashie rivers), Currituck, Roanoke and Croatan sounds and all their joint and inland water tributaries, including Oregon Inlet, north of a line beginning at a point 35° 48 .3693’N - 75° 43 .7232’W on Roanoke Marshes Point, running southeasterly to a point 35° 44 .1710’N - 75° 31 .0520’W on the north point of Eagle Nest Bay.
Central Southern Management Area
MapKaty.West
@ncdenr.gov

800-338-7804
25,000 lbs

Opened March 1 by proclamation. Closes when quota is  reached.

18" minimum10 Striped Bass per person
per day —
20 if 2 SCFL holders are in an operation
Daily reporting
by dealers
6.5-inch gill net maximum mesh size
†The Central Southern Management Area (CSMA) is designated as all internal coastal, and joint and contiguous inland waters south of a line beginning at a point 35° 48 .3693’N - 75° 43 .7232’W on Roanoke Marshes Point, running southeasterly to a point 35° 44 .1710’N - 75° 31 .0520’W on the north point of Eagle Nest Bay, to the South Carolina line.
Cape Fear River
MapStephen.Taylor
@ncdenr.gov

800-248-4536
 ClosedClosedNone allowed 

See also:
Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan
Atlantic Ocean Striped Bass Migratory Stock Information
Striped Bass Tagging Program


N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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