Monday, June 24, 2013 —
“Based on this information, Commission staff expects that hybrid striped bass will not utilize the deep-water habitat and suffer mortality at the same frequency or magnitude as compared to striped bass during years of severe reservoir stratification at Lake Norman.”
Commission staff will monitor the hybrid striped bass fishery annually to determine if the hybrid striped bass fishery is a success.
“We will consider the hybrid striped bass fishery successful if three criteria are met,” McRae said.
“First, body condition of hybrid striped bass is significantly better than what we have historically observed for striped bass. Second, summer mortality of the hybrids is minimal. Third, hybrid striped bass escapement downstream is negligible.”
If one or more of these criteria are not met, the Commission will re-evaluate managing for hybrid striped bass in Lake Norman.
The current regulations for hybrid striped bass and striped bass at Lake Norman allow anglers to harvest four fish in aggregate that are 16 inches or larger from Oct. 1 – May 31 and to harvest four fish in aggregate with no minimum size limit from June 1 – Sept. 30. Commission staff is evaluating a proposed regulation change to extend the 16-inch size limit through the summer months because catch-and-release mortality is expected to be less of a concern for hybrid striped bass than striped bass during the summer.
For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.
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