Connecticut River Coordinator's Office
Northeast Region
 
Photo of a striped bass - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Photo of a striped bass - Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Striped bass are a fish restoration success story. States along the Atlantic coast all agreed to take the necessary steps to restore this fish population when its population foundered and through cooperation succeeded in their objective by the early 1990s. Since that time, there has been a notable increase in the number of striped bass observed in the Connecticut River every spring with some estimates as high as 1-1.5 million stripers. Striped bass are a coastal species – they don’t need the river to complete their life cycle. They enter the river to feed. Once in the river, they are opportunistic feeders, targeting the most abundant prey species, whether salmon, shad, herring, eels or some other fish. Recent data collected at the Holyoke fishlift indicates passage of 13-3 inch long striped bass, moving some to wonder if these fish are now spawning in the river.

Management Plan

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has a This link opens in a new windowfishery management plan for striped bass. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader software to open this document. If you do not have this software, you may obtain it free of charge by following this link.

For more local information on striped bass, check out the This link opens in a new windowMassachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries striped bass profile.

Photo of scientist measuring a striped bass - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Left: Sampling striped bass in the Connecticut River. Right: Taking measure of a striped bass collected from the Connecticut River. Credits: USFWS

 

 
Last updated: September 6, 2010
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