CT Anglers Busted for Poaching Striped Bass

Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection photo, via website

Marine District Officers were busy during the month of April as juvenile striped bass were prevalent in the state’s lower waterways. Officers cited 21 individuals for illegal fishing activity, 10 of which were for striped bass violations. Officers also cited one commercial shell fisherman and issued 2 boating safety violations.

On April 14, Western Marine Sector Officers were conducting fishing enforcement along the Housatonic River in Stratford. While on patrol one officer observed a fisherman walking back to his vehicle carrying his fishing tackle. The officer stopped to speak with the fisherman and checked his license. The fisherman explained that he had not caught any fish; however a few moments later a female came walking up with a white bucket with several undersized striped bass in plain view. The female was later identified as the fisherman’s wife. The fish were each measured with the smallest being 12” and the largest 15”. The minimum legal length for striped bass is 28”, with a one (1) fish daily creel limit. The fisherman was cited for 5 counts of Possession of Striped Bass Less Than Minimum Legal Length.

On April 23, Western Marine Sector Officers were patrolling the Housatonic River in Stratford and observed 2 individuals catching and keeping short striped bass and placing them in a white plastic bag. Upon further investigation a total of 18 undersized striped bass were found to be in their possession. The undersized fish were each measured with the smallest being 15” and the largest 22”. The individuals were each cited for 9 counts of Possession of Striped Bass Less Than Minimum Legal Length and 8 counts of Illegal Possession of Striped Bass in Excess of Daily Creel Limit.