DEEP: Bonus Striped Bass Program

Bonus Striped Bass Fishing Program

Changes for 2014
The Bonus Striped Bass Voucher Program will run May 1 through December 31 in 2014. We anticipate vouchers will be available beginning May 1 at DEEP Offices and Facilties listed below. There will be a one voucher limit per license holder appearing in person*. Please present your fishing license to the licensing agent when requesting a voucher. You may also purchase your license at the same time you request a voucher. Vouchers will be offered as a free product through our licensing sysytem.  License holders will be limited to one voucher per year. Vouchers will be distributed on a first come first serve basis for as long as supplies last.
 
*An adult may also request a single additonal voucher for one angler under the age of 16 holding a Youth Fishing Passport.
 
DEEP Offices/Facilities Address Town State Zip

Marine Headquarters
M-F 8am-4pm, 860-434-6043

333 Ferry Road

Old Lyme

CT 06371
Eastern District,
M-F 8:30am-4pm, 860-295-9523

209 Hebron Ave

Marlborough

CT

06447

Western District,
M-F 8:30am-4pm, 860-485-0226

230 Plymouth Rd

Harwinton

CT

06791

Franklin WMA, 860-642-7239
M-F 8:30am-4:30pm
391 Route 32 Franklin

CT

06254

Sessions Woods WMA,
M-F 8:30am-4pm, 860-675-8130

341 Milford Street (Rte 69)

Burlington

CT

06013

CTDEEP Main Office
M-F 9am-4pm, 860-424-3105
79 Elm Street Hartford CT 06106


Sherwood Island State Park 
M-S 8am-6:30pm, 203-226-6983

Route 1 north to the Sherwood Island Connector in Westport


Green Farms


CT


06838

 
Program Objectives / Ways to Use the Voucher
The striped bass bonus fishery is an opportunity to harvest a limited number of smaller (22 inch to less than 28 inches) striped bass during May through December, both in the Marine and Inland Districts of Connecticut state waters only. The Bonus fishery was approved by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Striped Bass Management Board which oversees the conservation of the species throughout its range. Amendment 6 to the Striped Bass Fishery Management plan currently allocates a 23,750 pound commercial striped bass quota to Connecticut which is being used in this program to provide this additional recreational fishing opportunity since commercial striped bass harvest is prohibited in this state. The unused commercial quota equates to 4,025 fish available for harvest under this program.
 
Anglers are also encouraged to use this program to introduce a friend, neighbor or child to fishing: “Share the Experience – Take Someone Fishing”. The department is also interested in encouraging and enhancing urban and shore fishing opportunity which the bonus striper program is especially well suited for. Bass fishermen generally may want to hold onto a voucher to use if an undersized fish intended for release is deep hooked or otherwise unlikely to survive. Alternatively, anglers should consider taking a smaller bonus fish home for a meal and releasing the larger (28”+) “spawner” fish.

{Father and Son holding a Striped Bass} {2014 striped bass voucher card image}

Program Regulations
  • A bonus striped bass is at least 22 inches but less than 28 inches. 
  • One voucher is good for one (1) bonus striped bass, and only one voucher may be used per day.
  • Open Season: May 1 through Decmber 31, 2014.
  • Important: To be valid, the voucher card must be filled out and signed immediately upon harvest of a qualifying fish.
  • Vouchers must be retained with the striped bass until the fish is taken to your home or other location where it is to be consumed.
  • Mail the voucher back to Marine Fisheries. The voucher is already addressed and postage paid for return on the reverse side. It’s free, so please mail it back to assure continuation of this program.
  • Vouchers are valid in Connecticut state waters only.
  • The normal limit of two (2) striped bass 28 inches or greater may also be harvested.
Voucher Distribution
A total of 4,025 vouchers will be made available at DEEP offices/facilities, distributed by ENCON Officers, and CT DEEP Marine Angler Survey creel agents. There is no fee for the vouchers. A limited number of vouchers will be reserved for programs such as "Take a Kid Fishing", "Take a Veteran Fishing", Municipal youth and urban fishing programs.  Please contact Marine Fisheries (deep.marine.fisheries@ct.gov or telephone: 860-434-6043) if your organizations supports such a program and you would like to receive vouchers.
 
 
 
 
Content last updated April 2014