Anglers will be seeing some new signage at the boat ramps on SML and elsewhere around the lake. The SMSC has adopted a best practice policy of “Catch 2 and Quit” for the warm water months (typically early/mid-June - mid-October)
Striped Bass do not survive release well in water temps above the upper 70’s, so catching & releasing a bunch of fish is as bad as keeping many past your limit.
Help us all protect the Striper fishery by practicing “Catch 2 and Quit” during these Summer months - and then return to the practice of Catch & Release once the cooler water returns!
If your fishing itch still needs scratching, try switching over to chasing white perch as a part of the 2018 SMSC Perch Jerk competition or chase warm water fish that can tolerate warm-water release.
"Bragging may not bring happiness, but no man having caught a large striper goes home through an alley."