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Marine Fisheries - Recreational Fishing - Striped Bass

Marine Fisheries

Striped bass

 

Striped Bass Recreational Fishing Regulations

Click here to view recent proclamations for recreational striped bass fishing.

Region Contact Season Size Limit (TL) Possession Other Restrictions
Atlantic Ocean Charlton.Godwin@
ncdenr.gov

800-338-7805
Year Round 28” Minimum size 2 Striped Bass Per Person Per Day Landing Tags required May through October
Roanoke River Management Area (RRMA)
Map
NCWRC
Jeremy McCargo
Jeremy.McCargo@
ncwildlife.org

252-339-5348 
March 1 -
April 30

18” minimum AND No striped bass between 22 inches and 27 inches in length. 2 Striped Bass Per Person
Per Day.
Only 1 Striped Bass larger than 27 inches may be included in the daily creel limit.
137,500 pound quota - season closed if reached
Albemarle Sound Management Area (ASMA)
Map

Charlton.Godwin@
ncdenr.gov

800-338-7805
Out of state:
252-264-3911

Oct 1 -
April 30
18” minimum 3 Striped Bass Per Person Per Day 137,500 pound quota - season closed if reached
Central Southern Management Area (CSMA)
Map
Garry.Wright@
ncdenr.gov

800-338-7804
Oct 1-
April 30
18” minimum AND in Joint and Inland waters - No striped bass between 22 inches and 27 inches in length. 2 Striped Bass Per Person Per Day  
Cape Fear River
Map
Stephen.Taylor@
ncdenr.gov

800-248-4536
Closed Closed None allowed  
Maps Available at links above:

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.

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.

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.
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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