Dick Pinney's Guide Lines: Help state manage striped bass stockBy DICK PINNEY April 15. 2017 11:37PM
BY NOW, most of my readers must know that striped bass and fishing for them is a way of life for the Dickster, as we've been living on the shore of Great Bay forever and have been fishing for stripers most of that time.
Our Fish and Game department has been doing a good job in monitoring and managing this great resource, but without information from us users, it wouldn't be able to do much more than make educated guesses in their decisions. So please help out by responding to this request from Becky Heuss.
"The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is conducting a Striped Bass Volunteer Angler Survey and we need your help! The annual Striped Bass Volunteer Angler Survey has been ongoing since 1993 and the information collected by it is used in the annual coast-wide stock assessment for striped bass. The greater the number of trips reported on, the more representative the information is of New Hampshire's striped bass fishery."
"Each participating angler who reports on their striped bass trips by November 30th will be entered into a raffle. Last year's prizes were a signed and framed, limited edition, First of State Striped Bass print by Victor E. Young donated by the Coastal Conservation Association of NH and a rod and reel combo donated by the Kittery Trading Post."
"Report your fishing online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/stripedbass and record your fishing information each time you fish for striped bass in NH waters. The most important information being collected by the surveys are the length measurements of each fish you catch. This includes both the fish you are going to keep and the fish you release alive. The logbooks are the only method we currently have of getting length measurements on the fish you release. In addition, the catch per trip and catch per hour-fished information is used as a measure of the relative abundance of stripers in New Hampshire during a given year. In general, the more stripers there are, the greater the number of fish you'll catch, on average, in an hour of fishing. These data are then combined with other surveys along the Atlantic coast, including volunteer angler surveys from other states, and used to assist the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Striped Bass Technical Committee in conducting their annual stock assessments."
For more information on the program, call the Department's Region 3 office at 868-1095 or email Becky.Heuss@wildlife.nh.gov.
Please spread the word. With the new online reporting option, it's easier than ever to get involved!
Dick Pinney 's column appears weekly in the New Hampshire Sunday News. Email him at DoDuckInn@aol.com.