Virginia saltwater striped bass anglers will be fishing under more restrictive regulations this fall and winter, an effort to cut back on the take and give the fishery some breathing room. This week the Virginia Marine Resources Commission set a slot limit that prohibits the keeping of stripers between 28 and 34 inches along with a one-fish per day limit Dec. 10-31. The season opens Oct. 4
4 VAC-20-252-90. BAY FALL STRIPED BASS RECREATIONAL FISHERY.
A. The open season for the Bay Fall Striped Bass Recreational Fishery shall be October 4 through December 31, inclusive.
B. The area open for this fishery shall be the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
C. The minimum size limit for this fishery shall be 18 inches total length.
D. The maximum size limit for this fishery shall be 28 inches total length, except as provided in subsection F. of this section.
E. The possession limit for this fishery shall be two fish per person.
F. The possession limit described in subsection E. of this section may consist of only one striped bass 34” or greater.