Are Striped Bass Breeding in Lake Montauk?

Lake Montauk “is essentially a closed system, which only provides one exit and entry to the environment,” said Tim O’Rourke, a Montauk fisherman. Photo by Russell Drumm.

At their first in-person meeting in 16 months, the East Hampton Town Trustees heard from Tim O’Rourke, a Montauk fisherman, who sought their support for a study of striped bass in Lake Montauk. The study, which would be conducted in conjunction with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and led by Andy Danylchuk, a professor of fish conservation, would tag striped bass in the lake and track them via satellite to compile data. 

“The primary purpose of this is to get an understanding of the fish population potentially overwintering in Lake Montauk,” Mr. O’Rourke said, “and also their comings and goings and their interaction among other fish in Lake Montauk.” The two-year study would start in January, he said, and would require a permit from the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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