2015 Striped Bass Regulations by State

Updated May 11, 2015

2015 Daily Limits for Striped Bass:

Maine: 1 fish, minimum size 28″

New Hampshire: 1 fish, minimum size 28″

Massachusetts:   1 fish, minimum size 28″

Rhode Island:  1 fish, minimum size 28″

Connecticut:  1 fish, minimum size 28″

New York:  1 fish, minimum size 28″ (Apr. 15 – Dec. 15)

New York (Hudson River): 1 fish, 18″-28″ OR 1 fish > 40″ (Apr. 1 – Nov. 30)

New Jersey:  1 fish 28″ to <43″ AND  1 fish 43″ or greater.

Delaware:  1 fish  28″ to < 37″ and 1 fish >44″

Maryland: During the 2015 trophy season that runs through May 15, anglers may catch one striped bass per day measuring between 28-36 inches or 40 inches or larger. From June 1 through Dec. 20, the season reopens on the bay with a two fish limit and a 20-inch minimum length (with only one of the two longer than 28 inches).

Virginia: 1 fish, minimum size 28″

North Carolina:  1 fish, minimum size 28″


57 on “2015 Striped Bass Regulations by State

  1. Jolly Roger

    NY Regs are screwed up, in the Hudson River North of GW Bridge, they say 1 Fish 18″ to 24″, “OR” 1 Fish 40″ or Larger! Now why? On the Striped Bass Spawning ground, they’re letting people keep EGG Laden Females? Because any Striper Larger then 40″ is Female! It should be the same for all fishers in NY whether it be Sweet water Or Salt. The current rule in the Hudson, will cause “CULLING”, people will catch a 26″ fish, tie it to the side of the boat or along the shore line by rope. THEN, if they get a 40″ fish to Net, they’ll want to release the 26″ fish, and we know that the longer it’s tied up, the less chance of it being released healthy. DUMB Rule, I honestly don’t think the DEC listened to fishermen’s input. This is ridicules, like I said, it WILL in courage CULLING!!! And the Saltwater fishers will go Ballistic, when they read these rules!!

    1. NyPredator

      Common Jolly……..

      99% of the fish caught up here are less than 40 inches and you know it! If we save all those 30-39″ fish over the course of a few seasons we will have greatly improved the tonnage of these larger age class females who which have been allowed to spawn for a few seasons in place of them being harvested under the old regulations. It will be a few years but I think we will have greatly increased the sustainability of the Hudson river fishery and will begin to see alot more large cows than we have in recent years and thus billions of extra eggs being laid.

      This is a great compromise and still allows for the excitement of targeting a Trophy Striped Bass!

      1. John

        They went too far. Who is going to fish for 18-28″ fish. Targeting fish over 40″ is the worst idea I have ever heard. They could have done a lot better.

      2. Jolly Roger

        NyPredator; (PAT),

        Of course they’ll be more fish with this method, but think how fast the rebound of the Stocks would be if just keeping 1 fish from 18″ to 28″, and release all smaller and Larger Bass. If you’re fishing for dinner, these size fish are perfect for the table. We want the genes of those Large Females, to be continued. Have a slot limit will prevent the culling all together saving more fish to live and grow. Pat, I’ve fished Stripers for 50 yrs. the good and bad times. Beaches of Long Island North and South Shores, The Beaches and Jetties of New Jersey, and from Boats the last 30 years in Sweet and Salt Waters. My Dad belonged to S.O.S. years ago (in the 60’s), Save Our Stripers fought Con Edison and others killing Stripers here in the Hudson. Annaconda Copper Co. in Hastings on Hudson, was a big killer of many species in the river. And believe it or NOT Recs. NOW kill more Stripers than Commercials do. I’ve seen in the Bronx, people taking 5 gallon pails full of shorts home from fishing of the rocks in Spytun Dyvil and Riverdale shore lines. Seen, guys take More than one BIG Striper home up here!! Party Boats catching 2 fish per custumer, 2 times a day 40 guys a trip. Seen here guys catching fish, go in, clean fish and go back out 2-3 times a day!! WE RECS. gotta preserve and be watch dogs!! If we want to catch and release Large Stripers each season, and still be able to take home a nice dinner. Hey, how many trips do you take? How many guys are like you? We all can have enough fish, if we just e conservative about what we keep. SEEN the Bad days, and the Good, Good is better!! P.S. How long you been fishing Stripers? How long have you fished the River?

      3. ga_comm@hotmail.com

        I agree…I’ve done most of my striper fishing in Maine where, until this year, you could keep anything 20-26″ or 40″ and above. Since the really big ones were rare, I’d often end up taking home a 22″ fish. I always told people that while reeling in a huge fish is satisfying, one in the 22″ range is better for eating. You can grill it whole with none of the hassle and waste of filleting. Once you get much bigger it’s tougher since they get much thicker and they’re hard to cook whole.

        Here’s how you do it with a fish in the 20-23″ range: gut, gill, and scale. Make some diagonal cuts through the skin and thicker parts of the meat on both sides–not all the way to the bone, but it helps it cook through. rub with olive oil and generously salt and pepper inside and out. You can stuff with herbs, onions, etc if you want but not necessary. Get your grill very hot and make sure it’s clean. If you’re using coals, let them cool down to cooking temp and push to one side. With gas, turn one side down to medium and one side down to low. Put fish (make sure there’s plenty of oil on the skin) down on hot grill with head (i.e. thicker part of fish) over the hotter part and tail (i.e. thinner part) over the cooler part. Cover and leave for about 12 minutes, maybe 15 if it’s a larger fish in that range. With one or two large spatulas, carefully roll fish over to the other side and leave for about the same time. You’ll have to test for doneness yourself but it’s usually in the 12-15 min range per side.

        When done, carefully remove fish and put on serving platter. Squeeze on lemon juice and, if necessary, a bit more salt. It will be one of the most delicious fish you’ve ever eaten and you won’t regret that you didn’t bring home a 38″ striper!!

      4. cringle

        Duplicated comments that’s right! sometimes you have to repeat over and in order to get a point across because it seem a lot of people have their hands over their ears

      5. Henry

        Is there a exeptioun if the fish swollows the hook

      6. Henry

        Is there a exeptioun if the fish swollows the hook and its guils are cut

    2. Jack T

      Still waiting for the stripers in Maine… woke up this morning and i saw a blitz. i was about to grab my rod, but then i realized it was a butt load of sturgeon feeding on some baitfish, most likely silver sides. way to get my hopes up, sturgeon!!!

      1. Bert

        I have a friend who’s always on the Kennebec,told me yesterday he saw his first school of them.

    3. john

      All the pan fish are eating the eggs and the pollution makes the eggs never hatch lol .we should change new York City to new china city.

    4. Brian Ullmann

      I agree, who the hell comes up w these regs? It should be one fish between 28″ and 40″. Why the permission, an incentive to kill breeders and cull/ smaller fish, especially when if they’re that far up the Hudson, they are there to spawn….after making past the million hooks and hundreds of nets and predators they can be killed on their spawning grounds. If this species is to survive then whoever wrote this reg should be fired. While I’m at it how about doing away with the whole commercial bycatch BS? Everyone know they target bass schools and cull, killings 1000,s of pounds of bass and throwing them back dead each time, I have heard first hand of this happening on multiple draggers FEQUENTLY! Oh yeah and you need more DEC and Marinte patrol all fall from Mtk to the Hudson, some of us care about the fishery and want our children to enjoy one day, but a lot if not most anglers have no problem throwing a second bass or a short into the truck and go right back to fishing. I don’t even think you should be able to continue fishing that day if you possess a fish over 28. Without the fear of a fine or even so much as the possibility of an officer showing up a LOT of guys will break the law.


    As usual the empty suits are making bad decisions again. Research shows that a 10 lb bass lays 3,000,000 eggs and a 30 lb bass 5,000,000. Females don’t reach maturity until 8 years old ( about a 12 -15 lb bass). Gary Shepherd, NOAA Fisheries’ rep on ASMFC’s Striped Bass Technical Committee, as follows: “In terms of total number of eggs, the spawning stock is now probably as large as it’s ever been. But the big fish are getting cropped off. Most of them are gone by the age of about 15, and stripers can live to 30. So we’re limiting their life span to about half.” So we’re now culling the largest egg producers and probably weeding out heredity traits for producing large fish”. We need a no catch slot of 32-44 inches. A minimum keeper of 27 (1) and a bonus of 45 inches plus. Give the bass a few years at these nbrs and we will be back to the gold rush days.

    1. Brad

      I agree.
      That sounds like a logical working plan to me, we need to think for the future for all.

  3. Blueslayer

    Enforcement??? High grading will definitely be a problem. Following the letter, but not the spirit of the law, fish are caught, and if not considered optimal, thrown back. The practice allows anglers to get the biggest fish for a limited catch but is environmentally destructive because many of the fish returned to the water die. Along these lines, I don’t know how many times I’ve casually mentioned salt water licenses. Most of the time the response I get is “huh?” I don’t entirely agree with the new limit, but if enforcement is non-existent, then what’s the sense?

  4. Dan

    Stay classy NJ – enjoy the no change 2 fish greater then 28in rule – conservation is always at the forefront if you just word the existing same rule differently right?

  5. Rob F

    How does this affect the commercial striper anglers in MA? Or does it not?

  6. shawn

    Nice to see all the states are going to have the same size fish and working together to get the poulation up. I fish for the fun of the sport. I always catch and release all my stripers. Now something has to be done about people taking more than one when they are out on the water. I see this done many time fishing down in the Cape Cod Canal.

    1. bob

      I agree with you NO INFORCEMENT last week I saw a person take three bass to his truck and when I walked by him he had another on a string – been fishing canal for 40 yrs have NEVER been checked

  7. Rick

    We always hear complaints about the lack of enforcement any time the question of regulations comes up. Then in the next breath, the same sportsmen talk about all the violations they’ve witnessed. How many of those violations have they reported, in a timely manner, with the details needed for a conservation officer to make an arrest? Most people “don’t want to get involved” or be labeled as a “rat”. Enforcement is a key component of fisheries management; clearly, without it, even the best regulations are useless. The fact is, that in most states, conservation law enforcement is woefully understaffed and can’t be everywhere, all the time. Conservation Officers rely on good complaints from the public to effectively enforce the regulations. Sportsmen need to be willing to get involved enough to report a violation when they see it happening, with enough details to steer a Conservation Officer in the right direction to apprehend the violators. Without cooperation from the public, conservation law enforcement is much less effective. As a recently retired Conservation Officer, with 32 years in the field, I can tell you that the most frustrating part of the job is not getting good information about violations when they occur and hearing about it days, weeks or months after the fact. Playing catch-up on tracking down violators that long after the fact, rarely results in an arrest. As fishermen who care about the resource, we all need to be willing to help police our ranks and protect the resource.

    1. BIG-RY

      Rick so what about the time me a few people were down at the canal watching a group of people keeping every “bucket” fish they kept, meaning if it fit in the 5 gallon bucket they took it home, they filled up the cooler, went home, emptied it, and we’re back within 20 mins to refill, they took stripers as small as 12″ and seabass and fluke that fit in the Palm of ur hand. We called the ep’s 5 times over the course of 4 hours, the guy answering the phone was so rude and acted like he could give a shit about the situation, he kept telling us he was gonna send someone, two hrs go by so we call bourne people to see if they could call them because we told them there was about to be a fight because we weren’t standing for it and words were being exchanged, so after that phone call and another hr waiting we called the ep’s one last time and the rude guy finally said listen there’s nothing we can do were understaffed. Ok I guess, until… I drive down the road and see the 3 ep officers that live in my neighborhood ALL home!!! Mind you, we live 2 mins from the canal, 2 mins from where this was happening and we’re gonna be told were understaffed? What’s wrong with this picture?

      1. john

        The epa are a joke they don’t do anything I want that job.i keep everything I catch and ride by on my bike with a cooler full of shorts and they wave at me lol.
        The little ones taste the best delicious. Night time is the best time to poach they are never around yay

  8. Don

    I think all striped bass should be banned for 2 years
    theres a shortage same with Flounders

  9. Vincenzo

    In CT on a charter can the Capt & mate keep 1 fish also along with the paying customers?
    Thank you

  10. Squan63

    Nj different than everyone else not good.being from here and bass fishing since the 70s seen a lot.all coastal states should adopt same regs if you really don’t want the repeat lack of bass which is under way now in my opinion

  11. JollyRoger

    In todays world, most of us have Smart Phones, Video the Law Breaker, with the fish. And Video his Boat and or Car… And just be careful, don’t get yourself Jammed up. Make sure you have other people who can back you up if confronted. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have a carry permit. Better yet. be an off duty cop……

  12. cringle

    Poacher smoacher you guys are quibbling over peanuts ! You think a few poachers or greedy jerks taking a couple extra fish is what is causing the collapse of the stripe bass ! Where did all the lobsters go? The state of ct deep says there is no sand sharks, so they stopped people from taking them ,yet you go just out side the mouth of the sound and you cant keep them off your line. There is no blue fish in the sound either ,mackerel have been gone for years ,starting to see a trend here? Plain and simple its over fishing on all of our parts and water quality, for gods sake , Fish swim to the mouth of long island sound and they start coughing up blood. Fish with soars, lobsters and crabs with shell disease this is just the start guys ! Sport fishermen should be just that! fishing for sport by releasing EVERY THING they catch, its not called take it home fishing ! forage for top predators is also a huge issue artificial baits should be the only method you can use .deep will get there some day . By then there will be nothing left. In some respects, you have to feel sorry for deep, they after all the have to balance a lot of different interest on one hand they humor the bass huggers with meaning less meetings and bonus tags, who ever heard of any thing so ridiculous ,there is no fish and their giving out bonuses . Further more Some one should start asking ,themselves why the agency who is in charge of protecting the environment could ever write a permit allowing a corp. to dump chemicals into the into the water. Stupidity runs deep ! Until they become proactive, instead of reactive nothing going to change .It should be illegal for any coastal state or any state for that matter to allow it citizens to pour chemicals all over the ground and in the water .Long island sound will look like the mouth of the Mississippi soon, which is a dead zone! To much nitrogen , this is already happing in the sound from west to east . Then we have the people who believe seaweed farms will fix the problem how dumb can we ,be ? Any one ever read the placards the us coast guard makes you post in a boat over 26 feet long its, ok to dump garbage in the ocean as long as its ground up to a certain size DAA! Mind you I am no tree hugger and have been guilty of some of the same behaviors ive been ranting about! Its time for a change! Until we voters wake up and realize we me may elect law makers but they work for corp. lobbyist Who have convinced us round up and fertilizer sprayed on ocean front lawn is safe for the water and every thing that lives in it. The ocean is under is under attack from all sides its a slow death Until we as people stop our selfish little ways its going to continue to be this way . See ya on the water .

    1. Al

      Bottom line ? Catch and release with plugs ! Can’t truly do anything much more than our part . Corporations and big dollar organizations will always take the cake but as true sports fishermen we can do our best to uphold what we know to be right . Too many anglers are continually pointing fingers and playing the blame game . I’ve been around the New York bite area all my life and I can tell you from experience that there are way too many anglers who aren’t doing their part to insure the reproduction of all species of fish . Bottom line ? Do your best to pass the word on to those you see not respecting the natural resource that you chosen to make just your hobby .

      1. john

        New York new York is the China of america.thank god I will be dead by the time boston becomes overpopulated.

    2. john

      Yeah pollution is the real problem in your area but you guys are welcome to come visit mass and ruin our fishery to

    1. Alfredog822@gmail.com

      Should’ve remained at 36″ one fish per day .

  13. Dave Doug

    Another thing we can do to increase Striped Bass is to keep the White Perch we catch. Down here in the rivers and ditches that feed the Delaware Bay in South Jersey from the eatable counties they eat a lot of the Bass that hatch as well as the bait for which the Stripers depend, both schoolers, shorts and Keepers. They are also good eating.

    Yeah, release the females or anything you can tell has eggs, be it flounder or ESPECIALLY Weakfish… Have been letting egg-laden females go for years. Should be and should have been off limits the season they spawn and lay eggs forever. Now it’s rare we even see a Weakie down here — even Spikes… Wiped them out, we have…

  14. Steve Rogers

    I haven’t fished for stripers in a few years.I love fishing in the Hudson, with the limit of one fish I will not drive the 200 miles. Many years the 2 fish limit worked. One fish means the trip could be over in 2 minutes. Well I’m staying fishing salmon in my back yard….

  15. Knot there yet

    Circle hooks CIRCLE HOOKS Circle hooks Circle hooks Circle hooks Circle hooks Circle hooks Circle hooks Circle hooks Circle hooks
    Change the way we manage stock. Current system doesn’t work .MANDATE the CIRCLE hook. Fatalities are the problem.
    Job security over fish stocks. Simply economics without crisis no crisis management. Fix result not the problem.They know it and we know it.
    The hearing was a joke . Lip service ,bitch sessions ,is what it is.
    I’m a problem solver not a maintenance man.
    We start with commercial then rec. fishermen.
    Think out of the Box

  16. craig

    How about since no recreational fisherman fishes for striped bass for food, we make the limit zero for a few years and people can eat bluefish….

    1. john

      I love blue fish it’s better than striper email me at pires886@yahoo.com for preperation and recipes actually don’t.
      If I give you my recipes it will be a little bit more harder to catch delicious blue fish.

  17. Paul Doucette

    28″ is a good size and Im glad this translates throughout the northeast. the fishery is going to get hammered this season due to the closing of the COD fishery. many charter boats may very well begin taking striper charters. due to the closure of COD.

  18. CJ

    New regs for recreational fishers will help, but the biggest impacts on striper populations are (1) poor reproductive success and recruitment in the Chesapeake; and, (2) commercial fishing on the Outer Banks. Commercial fishing on the Outer Banks can hardly be justified economically and it has a major impact on the striper population. Commercial fishing in Massachusetts has major local impacts – fish taken in late June through August often aren’t replaced and taking fish at the height of the summer can wipe out the fishing in an area until the Fall migrants arrive.

    It makes a lot more sense to keep the fishing good for charter captains and recreational fishers by practicing catch and release. In my experience, most charter clients are fine with CPR (catch, photo, and release, especially if you teach them about the reasons behind it.

    And there is no reason to keep trophy bass – land the fish, do the grip and grin, and release her. Come on, it’s simple.

    Finally, to all you guys that call undersized fish “rats”, treat them roughly, and throw them back (literally) rather than releasing them carefully, realize that many studies have shown that careless handling and release drastically increases mortality – you’re killing the future big fish. Again, come on, use your head.

    In sum, we need to treat the fish with respect and work to improve their habitat in the Chesapeake and elsewhere. Also, we need to keep an eye on over exploitation of forage fish (especially menhaden). Then we might have a sustainable striper fishery. There are many routes to that end but we have to keep the pressure on the decision makers and, importantly, each of us has to take responsibility for how we fish, and know the impact of our actions.

    1. john

      Yeah we can try our best to preserve our fishery but the fact of the matter is that soon after you die overpopulation by humans will ultimately destroy all of the ecosystem.
      Look at Asia that’s where we are heading and even if we make all these rules there is nothing that will stop humans from destroying everything.
      So just be happy that you were born in this generation and shut up and fish.
      Google what the usa population was a hundred years ago and what it is now…………….pretty sickening huh??
      Tight lines everyone and enjoy those 12″ bass o so yummy.

    2. john

      I agree big bass are disgusting I revive them and send home I leave those for the commercial fisherman they love the big breeders they are worth more

  19. mark

    I go fishing to get away from the drama
    Now the drama is fishing

  20. Jeff

    I wonder how many fish are taken by the seals in Cape Cod Bay and other coastal areas in Mass? I have been surf casting here since the ’70s and never saw so many seals as now. It seems that if we could change the seal protection laws to and reduce the seal population (like we do with deer hunting), the fish population would improve, not to mention that the Great Whites would move away as well. Does anyone know if any of the marine biologists have any statistics on the Striper population mortality rate as a function of the seal and Great White population?

    1. john

      The seals rarely catch stripers those big pieces of blubber can’t catch bass get real man.
      I have never seen a seal catch a bass unless it was on the end of my line.
      I’ve caught tons of bass while the seals are looking at me with eagle vision. Seals have no affect on your catching results they target weak and sick fish,although I have seen them bring up herring.

      1. george

        of not following all other states in reducing striper catches. They have been this way for years.

  21. greg lisack

    I’ve seen the limit go from two fish of any size to one fish of any size. Now the DEC has placed further restrictions on us by narrowing the take window. They claim it’s to increase the population,I say popycock otherwise the big cows would be excluded from the take. It’s the way they went about it. All of a sudden here it is and you will follow it. Do we the people have any say? If I did then I would have told them the compromise should be go back to two fish under 36 inches and no females. What will this state try next to make it’s Quota? Hook size and leader length? If we striper fisherman could only unite and boycott this activity for one year perhaps we would be heard.

    1. john

      You will never be heard recreational anglers are under attack.
      The commercial fisherman kill everything in their wake and when the conservationists try to regulate they whine. …this is how I feed my family:(((((((((((((.
      If you meat heads care so much about your family then throw those cigarettes over board.

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