What is the Legal Size to keep Striped Bass in California?
Posted by Andrew Law (5/4/2021)
As with most fishing regulations, there are different keeper sizes depending on state and type of fish. This is no different for striped bass.
In California, fishing for striped bass is allowed all year round. The Minimum size for keeping a striped bass is 18 inches at minimum. There is no maximum size limit. Each licensed fisherman is able to keep 2 striped bass per day. These rules also carry a simpulation of not allowing using a sinker weighing over 4 lbs or while using any power-driven gurdy or winch.
Exceptions to the standard rules:
There are some exceptions to 2 keepers per day. In certain freshwater lakes you can keep up to 10 striped bass per day. This includes New Hogan Lake, Santa Margarita Lake, San Antonio Lake, & the colorado river district. In addition to allowing 10 striped bass per day, these lakes also do not have a minimum size requirement of 18 inches.
Here is the link for the California Department of Fish and wildlife for more information: https://wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Ocean/Regulations/Fishing-Map/SF-Bay#bass
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