Albemarle stripers available Oct. 1
The recreational fishing season for striped bass in the Albemarle Sound Management Area will open at 12:01 a.m. Oct. 1, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries said in a news release.
The season will be open seven days a week and will close at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 unless closed earlier by proclamation.
The minimum length limit will be 18 inches total length, and the possession limit will be three fish per person per day.
The fish cannot be sold.
Seasons for stripers in the Roanoke, Eastmost, Middle and Cashie rivers are managed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and are not included in this proclamation.
For more information, including gill net regulations, call the DMF at (252) 726-7021 or (800) 682-2632 or visit www.ncdmf.net
Weakfish limits decreasing Oct. 1
The harvest limits for weakfish (gray trout) for recreational and commercial fishermen are being reduced starting Oct. 1, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries said Tuesday in a news release.
The recreational creel limit will be reduced from seven fish per person per day to six fish per person per day. The size limit will remain at 12 inches.
The commercial by-catch allowance for non-directed fisheries will drop from 300 pounds per day or trip to 150 pounds per day or trip.
The state is changing the limits to match management measures approved by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission in February.