GAMEFISH SEASON LOCATION BAIT/ LURES
,l All year Shallow and deep reef areas Fry
All year All reef areas Spoons, small lures
7 I-1, 7April-September Most inshore areas and Blue fry, small
around baitfish schools and feathers
fish aggregating devices
Caranx crysos (FADs)
HARDNOSE (Blue runner)
All year Most inshore areas and Blue fry, scuttle
around schools of bait fish (squid), feathers
.All year 100 fathom drop offs, most Fry, scuttle (squid)
inshore areas and around
schools of bait
April September North and South drops of STT, Fry, scuttle (squid),
STJ and STX, around FADs feathers
7^ Ij.7' All year Between islands and from the Ballyhoo, fry, lures,
shoreline to the shelf edge in feathers
Scomberomorus regalis STX
All year with a peak Most inshore areas and drop Blue fry, feathers
Season between offs around schools of baitfish
BONITO (little tunny)
All year with a peak Most mid-shelf areas and Ballyhoo, fry, skirts
-, *- "i season between dropoffs
Scomberomorus cavalla February May
* Within Federal waters (3 to 200 nautical miles offshore) the size limit is a total length of 12 inches
Help fish stocks increase through catch
Limit your take, use what you take, don't
Observe regulations and report violations
to the Division of Environmental
Enforcement at (340) 773 5774 in St.
Croix or (340) 774-3320 in St. Thomas.
Bring all garbage in, don't pollute the sea.
Captain your boat, practice safety afloat.
Show courtesy and respect, others' rights
Share what you know to help your sport
For more information on Recreational
DPNR's Division of Fish and Wildlife
Midwater Game Fish
IN THE U.S VIRGIN ISLANDS
APARTMENT OF PLANNING A
Division of Fish and Wildlife
45 Mars Hill
St. Croix, V.I. 00840
6291 Estate Nazareth
St. Thomas, V.I. 00802
Near shore game fishing in the U.S. Virgin Islands
has been the mainstay of marine recreational fishing for
both local residents and visitors. Inshore recreational
game fishing is an island tradition. Most is done from
small family-owned boats catching species such as Cero
mackerel, barracuda and kingfish.
FISHING WITH SEABIRDS
One important aspect of mid-water game fishing is to
be able to pinpoint hot spots. Seabirds are one of the
best natural indicators of these spots. Seabird's range
of visibility is extensive and may lead boats to baitfish
being brought to the surface by predators. Protect them
by discouraging them from taking baited lines and by
avoid small islands and cays where they nest and rear
their young since they are easily disturbed by loud
noises and may abandon their nests and hatchlings.
RESERVE AND CLOSURE SITES
Closed areas aid in the protection and reproduction
of species, increasing population size. Year-round area
closures allow fish to grow to maturity and reproduce
while seasonal area closures that protect spawning
aggregations also help ensure successful reproduction.
Adult fish protected by year round area closures will
eventually migrate to other areas repopulating these
areas. Protecting at least one area may lead to
continued and improved fishing in many others.
There are areas present within the U.S. Virgin
Islands that are either closed to fishing year-round or
during certain months. Please contact DPNR's Division
of Environmental Enforcement at (340) 773-5774 or
(340) 774-3320 for a copy of the rules and regulations
governing these areas or refer to DPNR's Division of
Fish and Wildlife's website (vifishandwildlife.com).
Fishing regulations for the East End Marine Park can
also be found at the office of the Division of Coastal
Zone Management at (340) 773-1082.
Bycatch is the portion of a catch, or harvest, which
consists of animals taken incidentally during fishing
operations. These can include birds, fish, marine
mammals and turtles, many of which are endangered.
Please try to release these species alive.