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Trophy Striper Season 2008 - Virginia Reporting

The Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries hold one of (if not *the*) best striper fisheries in the world. Share your striper stories and pictures here.

Trophy Striper Season 2008 - Virginia Reporting

Postby allingeneral » Wed May 14, 2008 11:53 am

Virginia regulations require that all Striped Bass caught and kept during the Trophy Season will be reported to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC). The trophy season is defined in the attached document.

There are two options for reporting. you can either fill out the attached form and deliver as indicated on the form, or you can go to the online reporting website and report your catch online using the following link:

Virginia Saltwater Journal Reporting - Recreational Assessment Program Website

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Re: Trophy Striper Season 2008 - Virginia Reporting

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Re: Trophy Striper Season 2008 - Virginia Reporting

Postby allingeneral » Fri May 16, 2008 7:37 am

Excerpt from 2008 RECREATIONAL FISHING REGULATIONS FOR VIRGINIA'S MARINE WATERS

http://mrc.virginia.gov/regulations/swr ... rules.shtm

Virginia Trophy Seasons:
Coastal Area (May 1-15)
Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries (May 1 through June 15)

Minimum Size Limit................................................32 inches
Possession Limit.....................................................1 per person

Additional Trophy Season Regulations: Catch Report Required; no possession of 32" or greater striped bass in the Spawning Reaches May 1 through June 15. Trophy Season regulations apply in Virginia's Territorial Sea and the Chesapeake Bay and its Virginia tributary rivers, except for the tributary rivers emptying into the Potomac River (see note below for more information on Potomac River striper regulations).

Chesapeake Bay Spring Season - May 16 through June 15
Minimum Size Limit - 18 inches
Maximum Size Limit * - 28 inches
Possession Limit - 2 per person

* 1 fish of the 2 fish possession limit may be larger than 32 inches ( catch report required if striped bass 32" or greater is kept ); No possession of 32" or greater striped bass in the Spawning Reaches May 1 through June 15.

Chesapeake Bay Fall Season - October 4 through December 31
Minimum Size Limit - 18 inches
Maximum Size Limit * - 28 inches
Possession Limit - October 4 through December 9 - 2 per person
Possession Limit - December 10 through December 31 - 1 per person

* 1 fish of the 2 fish possession limit may be 34 inches or larger; no fish may be kept between 28 and 34 inches.

Chesapeake Bay regulations for both the Spring and Fall seasons described above apply in the main stem of the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's Chesapeake Bay tributary rivers, except for the tributary rivers emptying into the Potomac River (see note below for more information on Potomac River striper regulations).


Other Virginia restrictions: You may not combine possession limits when seasons overlap or you fish in multiple jurisdictions. Gaffing striped bass or attempting to gaff striped bass is illegal in Virginia marine waters.

Federal water striped bass regulations: Atlantic Ocean waters beyond the 3 mile limit are closed to the taking and possession of striped bass all year.

Potomac River striped bass regulations: Different regulations apply in the Potomac River and its tributaries, including its Virginia tributaries. These areas are subject to the rules and regulations of the Potomac River Fisheries Commission, P.O. Box 9, Colonial Beach, VA 22443, (804) 224-7148; (800) 266-3904; http://www.prfc.state.va.us. For further information on PRFC rules contact PRFC directly.
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