Striped bass reproduction in the Chesapeake Bay hit an all-time low this year.
State biologists found the lowest number of newly spawned stripers in the Chesapeake Bay since they started conducting annual surveys on the fish 59 years ago, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Officials said the “usually warm, dry weather last winter and spring” is likely to blame for the decline in juveniles this year, reported the Baltimore Sun.
Fishermen looking forward to the fall run on the East Coast don’t need to panic just yet. Officials said reproduction numbers vary from year to year, and there appears to be plenty of adult striped bass returning to the Chesapeake Bay to spawn.