New Emergency Striped Bass Regulation has been APPROVED — May 16 through Oct. 12
The Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review Committee has approved emergency regulations pertaining to hooks, bait and striped bass. The committee has approved these regulations on a temporary basis through Oct. 12, 2018.
Effective May 16, in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries:
Anglers must use circle hooks when live-lining or chumming;
Anglers must use circle hooks or "J" hooks when using fish, crabs or worms as bait, or when using processed baits;
The minimum size for striped bass is 19 inches.
The circle hook and J hook regulation applies to natural and processed baits only not lures, According to the Administrative Regulation Commitee for the Department of Natural Resources this new striped bass regulation will be a "win win", reducing mortality rate for striped bass and increase recreational angler success rate.