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Bass, Wild Striped

Striped Bass are large fish with prominent stripes along the sides. They are found mostly from the St. Lawrence River to the St. John’s River in Florida, although man has extended its region throughout the United States. Most commercial striped bass come from areas in Maine to North Carolina. There are a few land locked populations of Striped Bass, but most are anadromous, swimming into major rivers in Spring to spawn. In Summer and Fall, Stripers consume bay Anchovy and Atlantic Menhaden; in Winter, they eat larval and juvenile Spot and Atlantic Croaker; in the Spring they feed on White Perch, Alewives and Herring.  Striped Bass is moderately fatty and soft with a large, meaty flake. It is a full and richly flavored fish.  The population once struggled until a ban was put in place and now the fishery is extremely healthy. From Maine through North Carolina, Atlantic Striped Bass is managed through the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass, developed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). It is fished mainly by hook and line and gill-nets.