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Striped Bass

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year-Round in State of Delaware waters (coast to 3 miles offshore) except catch & release only on spawning grounds April 1 to May 31 (see Delaware Fishing Guide)

CLOSED in Federal waters (3 to 200 miles offshore)
Size Limit
In State of Delaware waters (coast to 3 miles offshore), any combination, 28 inches to 37 inches or 44 inches or greater, except 20 inches to 25 inches from July 1 through August 31 in the Delaware River, Delaware Bay and their tributaries.

CLOSED in Federal waters (3 to 200 miles offshore)
Daily Limit / Person
2 in State of Delaware waters (coast to 3 miles offshore), except catch & release only on spawning grounds April 1 to May 31 (see Delaware Fishing Guide)

CLOSED in Federal waters (3 to 200 miles offshore)
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay/tributaries, Nanticoke River/tributaries, and Inland Bays
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Abundant
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Striped Bass are anadromous fish, spending the majority of their life at sea and entering freshwater only in the spring to spawn.

Striped Bass inhabit coastal waters and are commonly found in bays and rivers.

They feed on a wide variety of fishes, crabs, squids, mussels, and marine worms.
General Description
Striped Bass are a silvery/white fish that gets its name from the seven or eight dark, horizontal stripes that run the length of its body.
Did You Know?
Most really big Striped Bass, specifically those over 30 pounds, are likely to be female. These big fish are often referred to as "cows."

Striped Bass were so plentiful at one time; they were used to fertilize farmers fields.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Striped Bass are caught by trolling, or casting fish imitating artificial lures.

Cut pieces of fish (like mullet or bunker) are good for catching Striped Bass.

If you catch a tagged Striped Bass, please always call in the tag number to the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 302-739-9914.
Typical Sizes Caught
Striped Bass are commonly caught at lengths of less than 20 inches (2 to 3 pounds) by Delaware anglers in tidal tributaries.

In the Delaware Bay and along the Atlantic coast of Delaware, anglers commonly catch Striped Bass between 28 and 45 inches in length (10 to 40 pounds).
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Live Release Award
Adult: 40 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 36 inches minimum

Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 30 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 22 pounds minimum
Delaware State Record
52 pounds
Benjamin Smith
2012