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Smaller striped bass can be taken through June 30

Fishermen will have an opportunity through June 30 to keep striped bass smaller than the usual legal size.

The state Department of Environmental Protection is offering free vouchers anglers can use to catch and keep 4,025 striped bass at least 22 inches from the Connecticut River. The normal legal minimum size is 28 inches.

Dwayne Gardner, DEP spokesman, said Wednesday the size limit is being lowered temporarily to give urban anglers who fish from riverbanks more opportunities to catch stripers. Also, stripers are a major predator of river herring, and the DEP is trying to restore herring populations, he said.

Vouchers will be given out by DEP environmental conservation officers during routine patrols and can be picked up at DEP offices, including the Marine Headquarters office on Ferry Road in Old Lyme, and the Wildlife Division office on Route 32 in Franklin.

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