Friday February 3, 2012
Yesterday, by unanimous decision, the California Fish and Game Commission rejected proposed changes to striped bass regulations. To reduce predation on native salmonids and Delta smelt, the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) proposed decreasing size restrictions and increasing bag limits of striped bass. The sport fishing regulation changes were intended to reduce the size and abundance of striped bass in the Delta and Central Valley tributaries, and were proposed as part of a settlement agreement to a lawsuit by the Coalition for a Sustainable Delta. No word yet on how this will impact the original lawsuit, but, we think it’s fair to say that this issue is far from over.