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Striped bass meeting moved to Sacramento Feb 1st! Anglers have been heard!

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The effort of the hundreds of striped bass supporters who packed the hall in Rio Vista last week did not go for naught. The next hearing has been moved to Northern California.




The California Department of Fish and Game today announced the Fish and Game Commission meeting originally scheduled for Dec. 14 in San Diego has been moved to February 1 and 2 in Sacramento.


According to the press release from the DFG, the decision came after Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Director Charlton H. Bonham requested the change in order to allow

interested members of the public residing near the Delta the opportunity to voice their opinions to the Commission.


“After the DFG public meeting in the Delta last week, we learned

there are many passionate anglers who would like the opportunity to

share their views on the draft proposal,” Bonham said. “I think

it’s important to hear these views. The discussion is welcome.

Moving the public discussion to Sacramento from San Diego will allow

these constituents to attend the meeting. It’s the right thing to



The proposed draft changes regulations related to anadromous striped

bass. The draft language, which is now available at, would

authorize additional harvest of striped bass.


The basic proposed changes are as follows:


- Raising the daily bag limit for striped bass from two to six fish.

- Raising the possession limit for striped bass from two to 12 fish.

- Lowering the minimum size for striped bass from 18 to 12 inches.

- Establishing a “hot spot” for striped bass fishing at Clifton

Court Forebay and specified adjacent waterways at which the daily bag

limit will be 20 fish, the possession limit will be 40 fish and there

will be no size limit. Anglers fishing at the hot spot would be required

to fill out a report card and deposit it in an iron ranger or similar


-Changes to the sport fishing regulations for the Carmel, Pajaro and

Salinas Rivers to allow harvest of striped bass when the fishery would

otherwise be closed.


DFG is also recommending an adaptive management plan that will help

assess how the new regulations influence the fishery.

The Commissioners will decide whether to pursue the proposed

regulations at their February meeting in Sacramento. If they choose to

pursue the proposal it begins a process that includes at least three

public hearings and the completion of an environmental document. A final decision is not expected until later in 2012.



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