Bass pen program seeks boost in funds

By Bruce Farris
The Fresno Bee
(Published Thursday, January, 24, 2002 5:45AM)

Aiming to nearly double money for its pen-raising program, the Fresno chapter of the California Striped Bass Association has requested $300,000 from the Striper Stamp fund.
“I think we’ll find out whether or not we get the money at the March meeting of the Striper Stamp Committee,” chapter president John Poindexter said. “We’ve requested that money to continue the pen program for the next two years.

“We have between 40,000 to 50,000 fish in our pens now. We want to increase that to 80,000 or 90,000. Randy Kelly [Department of Fish and Game biologist supervisor] said the San Luis Reservoir can handle that many fish.”

Poindexter said to eliminate the chance of predation, the pen-raised fish would be released as 2-year-olds. At that age, most stripers are about 18 inches. A handful of the current year-old pen fish are nearly 18 inches. Those will be released into San Luis sometime in April. The rest will be kept for another year.

In March, the striper regulations at San Luis and O’Neill changes from five fish with no minimum size, to two fish with an 18-inch minimum

Poindexter said the $300,000 requested by the Fresno chapter is not a slam dunk, but he is hopeful the committee will go along. Poindexter pointed out that there are many striper anglers in the central San Joaquin Valley who would buy a stamp just like those in the Delta area.

Contact the reporter at bfarris@fresnobee.com or 441-6347.

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