REPORT a Tagged Striped Bass

Coastal river anglers who catch a striped bass with a red or yellow tag during their fishing trips can participate in research projects that help fisheries biologists manage North Carolina’s striped bass populations. N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission biologists are cooperating with researchers from N.C. State University and N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries on studies to determine striped bass movement throughout North Carolina’s coastal waters and to estimate mortality rates of the state’s striped bass populations. The striped bass collected in these projects are tagged with red or yellow tags, which are printed with a unique number and contact information for the project.


REPORT a RED Tagged Striped Bass






REPORT a YELLOW Tagged Striped Bass

(Click link above for the NC Division of Marine Fisheries Tagging Program)

  • Cut the tag and prepare to report the tag number and catch information.
  • Call 1-800-682-2632 or click here to report the tag online.
  • Reward: $5, hat, or fishing towel.
  • Please leave your name and phone number if you reach a recording.  Your call is very important and will be returned.


The tags are located in the abdominal area of striped bass, most often behind the left pectoral fin. Check both sides of the fish for tags; cut and report all tags observed.