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. Vouchers will be available beginning May 1 at DEEP Offices and Facilties listed below. There is a limit of one voucher annually per fishing license holder. However, for convenience one person may pick up at most two vouchers by presenting valid fishing licenses for two anglers. Children are also eligible to receive a voucher by signing up for a free Youth Fishing Passport. Vouchers will be available on a first come first serve basis for as long as supplies last.
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




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

230 Plymouth Rd




Franklin WMA860-642-7239
M-F 8:30am-4:30pm
391 Route 32 Franklin



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

341 Milford Street (Rte 69)




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

Boating Office at Sherwood Island State Park 
M-F 8:00am-4:00pm, Closed from 12:30-1:00 for lunch.

Route 1 north to the Sherwood Island Connector in Westport

Green Farms



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 ( or telephone: 860-434-6043) if your organizations supports such a program and you would like to receive vouchers.
Content last updated April 2014