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Maryland Striped Bass Survey Says 2019 Juveniles 'Well Below' Average

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SALISBURY, Md. - Young striped bass numbers are down, according to a new Maryland Department of Natural Resources survey. A graph showing a drop in this year's survey fell well below the 66-year average.

And though that may be what science tells us Chesapeake Bay-area fishermen, including Daniel Winn, say they've seen something else.

"The survey doesn't jive with what we're hearing. We see a lot of fish," Winn said. "It was a great season. We thought last year was the best season we ever had."

But in phone call with the survey's project leader, Eric Durell, the dip may not have an impact until much later. Durell says many rockfish spawned earlier this year too small for fishermen yet to detect.

It's also hard to say why the sudden drop, but anglers like Winn say it could do with favorable water salinity levels, or as Durell says, any number of weather-related factors.

The below-average numbers will make an impact once the young stripers mature in another four to five years, according to Durell.

The 2019 survey also found that white and yellow perch had below-average reproduction. Maryland DNR says conservation efforts are in place to make sure this year's low numbers do not become a trend.



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