CT Anglers Charged in Separate Incidents Involving Striped Bass

On January 11, two individuals were charged with fishing violations resulting from an investigation that began in December 2017. On Dec. 11, 2017, CT Environmental Police Dispatch received an anonymous email containing a picture of a male holding an approximate 5-foot-long replica lure with 3 undersized striped bass hanging from the treble hooks.

The photo was labeled as having been taken on 12/4/17 on the Housatonic River in Shelton. A Southwest Sector Officer interviewed the accused, who provided a statement confirming what was seen in the photograph. He also stated that another individual was fishing with him at the time and participated in catching the striped bass that were hanging from the replica lure. That person was also interviewed and provided a statement. Both were issued misdemeanor summons for possession of striped bass under the legal limit and exceeding the bag limit for striped bass.

 On January 19, 2018, a Southwest Sector Officer with the CT EPO was dispatched to the Housatonic River in Derby in response to a report of an ice fisherman who was keeping undersized striped bass. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with the accused, who possessed a valid 2018 Inland Fishing License. The accused stated that he had only caught several yellow perch, which were lying on the ice nearby. However, the officer became suspicious when he noticed a large bag next to the angler that appeared to be moving. A look inside the bag revealed 2 undersized striped bass that were still alive. The fish ranged between 15 and 19 inches. The stripers were returned to the water, and the angler was issued a misdemeanor summons for possession of undersized striped bass and exceeding the bag limit for striped bass.