BIOLOGIST REPORT

Delaware Estuary Striped Bass

2002 Survey


The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission completed its 2002 electrofishing survey of striped bass in the Delaware Estuary on May 30. Striped bass were collected from 21 sites between Rancocas Creek, New Jersey and the Commodore Barry Bridge on the Delaware and at the base of Fairmount Dam on the Schuylkill River.

Twelve days of electrofishing resulted in the total catch of 507 striped bass between 5 and 42 inches in length. Pink United States Fish and Wildlife Service tags were inserted into approximately 283 striped bass 16 inches and longer. The information gathered from anglers who report catching a tagged striped bass to the toll free number listed on the tag allows biologists to monitor striped bass movement and estimate their annual mortality. Anglers who report catching a tagged striped bass receive a baseball cap and a certificate of appreciation that identifies when, where, and how large the fish was when it was tagged. Biologists have learned that striped bass can travel great distances in a very short time. For example, one striped bass, tagged near the Philadelphia Navy Ship Yard, was caught 17 days later by an angler fishing near Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Area Fisheries Manager Mike Kaufmann (left) and Fisheries Technician Bryan Chikotas (right) with 40 in. 29.5 lb. and 35 in. 19 lb. striped bass.
Area Fisheries Manager Mike Kaufmann (left) and Fisheries Technician Bryan Chikotas (right) with 40 in. 29.5 lb. and 35 in. 19 lb. striped bass.

Fisheries Biologist Dave Miko with 40 in. striped bass.
Fisheries Biologist Dave Miko with 40 in. striped bass.

Biologist Aide Brian Scharle with 42 in. striped bass.
Biologist Aide Brian Scharle with 42 in. striped bass.

 

-- Area 6


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