Recreational Fishing Plan for Striped Bass in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2017 (Gulf Region)

March 31, 2017 - This plan applies to all recreational anglers fishing Striped bass in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence in the waters adjacent to the Maritime Provinces in 2017. Please note that this plan is subject to change following ministerial decisions or annual review.

The following conservation measures apply during the fishery:

Fishing areas

  1. Inland and tidal waters adjacent to the provinces of New Brunswick (N.B.), Nova Scotia (N.S.) and Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence

Seasons and retention period

  1. Tidal waters adjacent to N.B., N.S. and P.E.I. in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence: from April 15 to October 31
  2. Inland waters of N.B.* and N.S. draining in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and inland waters of P.E.I.: from May 1 to September 15
    (*Inland waters of the Miramichi River system: from April 15 to October 15)

    Retention of Striped bass will be authorized every day of the open season

Length restrictions

* The length is measured in a straight line from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail (total length)

  1. It is authorized to retain Striped bass between 50 cm and 65 cm during the Striped bass fishing season.

Fishing quota

  1. From April 15 to June 14, and from September 1 to October 31: the daily limit is one (1) Striped bass.
  2. From June 15 to August 31: the daily limit is two (2) Striped bass

Possession limits

  1. It is prohibited to possess at any time more than one (1) Striped bass from April 15 to June 14 and from September 1 to October 31, or more than two (2) Striped bass from June 15 to August 31.

Angling restrictions

  1. Night fishing restriction:
    1. It is authorized to angle for striped bass during the period beginning two hours before sunrise and ending two hours after sunset.
  2. Gear restriction when using bait:
    1. It is mandatory to use a non-offset barbless circle hook when bait is used while fishing for striped bass in tidal waters. This will help to reduce the mortality of fish that have been released.
  3. Closure of the Northwest Miramichi River spawning ground to all angling during the spawning period: The Department of Fisheries and Oceans will issue a variation order closing all angling for a duration of 3 weeks in a limited area of the Northwest Miramichi River below the Red Bank bridge once concentrations of Striped bass are observed spawning. A closure notice will be posted on the DFO Gulf Region Recreational fisheries Internet page

For more information, please contact:

Frédéric Butruille
A/Regional Senior Fisheries Management Officer
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Moncton, New Brunswick