Summer striped bass regulations in effect on Norman, other lakes
Posted: Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2012
Modified: Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2012 Summer striped bass regulations in effect on Norman, other lakes
Summer regulations are now in force for striped bass at four Piedmont reservoirs.
Anglers at Lake Norman, Kerr Reservoir, Lake Gaston and Roanoke Rapids Lake can harvest any size striped bass – up to four a day – through Sept. 30.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission removed the striped bass minimum size limit in these four lakes because research has shown that adult stripers caught and released during warmer months, when water temperatures exceed 70 degrees, suffer higher mortality rates than during cooler months.
Catch-and-release mortality rates increase during summer because striped bass are typically caught in deep, cold water but released in warm water at the surface. The temperature of the surface water is higher than the preferred, and usually tolerable, water temperature for striped bass. In many cases, the fish are unable to swim back to the deep, cold water after being released because they cannot regulate their swim bladder (the organ that helps control buoyancy) as a result of the stress related to capture. They eventually will die if they remain in water temperatures that are outside their tolerable range. Observer News Services
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Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/06/27/3345832/summer-striped-bass-regulations.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy
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