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2008 Open Season for Striped Bass Fishing Begins May 16

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Washington, DC - Open season for striped bass fishing will begin on May 16, and end on December 31, 2008.  A valid 2008 District of Columbia sport fishing license is required to fish in DC waterways. A license may be obtained from participating vendors in the Washington Metropolitan area. The list of vendor locations is attached and can also be found on ddoe.dc.gov. Residents fishing license fee is $10 for one calendar year; $6.50 for a 14 day temporary license; and $13 for an annual Non-resident license.

There is a two fish per person, per day creel limit for striped bass.  Anglers may keep two (2) fish between 18” and 28” OR one (1) fish between 18” and 28”and one (1) fish greater than 28”.  Striped bass is a migratory fish and remains in our DC waterways for a short time. Anglers can check ddoe.dc.gov for fishing hot spots.

There are no health advisories for consuming striped bass in DC waters. 

 “The District is a great place to fish,” said George Hawkins, Director of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE). “We hope our residents and visitors will take advantage of the open season and the “Free Fishing Week” June 1-7, when a license is not required. I encourage anglers to practice “catch and release” to help maintain the abundance of the striped bass population.”

For further information, contact DDOE’s Fisheries and Wildlife division at (202) 535-2260.