2018 Striper Migration Map
So far, April is looking a lot like March, with cold temperatures and snow, but the striped bass migration is underway. Pre-spawn bass of 40-plus pounds are being taken in the Chesapeake, while keepers are appearing in greater numbers in New Jersey. From New York into New England, it’s all schoolies, with the exception of some larger holdovers that have been increasing their feeding activity as herring arrive and the waters warm up.
Follow along as we track the Striper Migration. You can help by contributing to our weekly map updates—simply share your striper fishing reports here, and tag us on social media with #stripermigration.
Chesapeake Bay Striper Report
Water temperatures in the Chesapeake are lower than normal, with most tidal rivers holding in the mid-40s. Last year, by now, the temperatures in the tidal rivers were in the upper 50s. Nevertheless, pre-spawn striped bass are arriving and catch-and-release fishing for them is getting off to a good start.
Water temperatures at the Susquehanna Flats are holding around 43 degrees, and the smaller male stripers have arrived in force. Anglers are catching dozens of these aggressive fish in an outing. There are also some larger female bass lurking in the area.
Large, pre-spawn stripers are being taken around the channel edges in the middle bay, but the warm-water discharge at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant continues to be the most reliable option.
In the Lower Bay, striper fishing has been slow.
Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to take precautions to protect fish they catch-and-release, and follow the rules. The Maryland Natural Resources Police have issued a statement to help guide those fishing during the striped bass catch-and-release season, which ends April 20. One should also be forewarned that practicing catch-and-release fishing in the closed spawning areas can result in fines and license suspensions.
Delaware Bay Striper Report
In inshore areas of upper Delaware Bay, short stripers continue to being caught and released on bloodworms, but some larger fish have started to show up, both in the bay and the lower Delaware River.
On April 1, the striped bass season closed on spawning grounds downstream of Calhoun St. Bridge near Trenton. To protect spawning striped bass, from the Calhoun Street Bridge downstream to the Commodore Barry Bridge at Bridgeport, non-offset circle hooks must be used when using bait with a #2 sized hook or larger, from April 1 to May 30.
New Jersey Striper Report
The waters of New Jersey are producing consistent action with smaller bass mostly on bloodworms and clams, but the fish are beginning to strike soft plastics as well. While most of the fish are between 16 and 24 inches, keeper-sized bass have been caught on bloodworms this week. The stripers are still concentrated in the bays and rivers, where waters are warmer.
Fishermen’s Supply Co in Point Pleasant reported that little had changed since last week, as schoolie bass continue to hit soft plastics and small swimming plugs. The bite really heated up along the Toms River down through Oyster Creek. Grumpy’s Bait & Tackle in Seaside Park had reports of small striped bass in Barnegat Bay, with anglers experiencing a good night bite on small artificial lures. Tony’s Bait and Tackle in Manahawkin had anglers stopping in to report a “hot” striped bass bite on bloodworms at Graveling Point in Mystic Island. Bloodworms have been the best bait for finding cooperative bass.
The report from Jigging World in Rochelle Park said there is plenty of bait in Raritan Bay, and in the Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers. Short bass, along with some keepers, are hitting worms, clams and small shads along the Bayshore. Capt. Phil Sciortino at the Tackle Box in Hazlet had good reports on stripers over the weekend in Union Beach, Cliffwood Beach and Lawrence Harbor. Most of the fish were shorts but there were a number of keepers. The bite was mostly on bait, but shads accounted for some of the fish. Mel Martens at Giglio’s Bait and Tackle in Sea Bright also said the bass action is picking up in Raritan Bay and the Navesink River.
New York Striper Report
On the West End of the island, schoolie stripers have been moving in, while on the East End, holdover bass have been getting more active. River Bay Outfitters in Baldwin reported schoolie striped bass in the in the back bays. White Water Outfitters in Hampton Bays reported improving action with resident stripers in the bays on the eastern end of the island.
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Connecticut/Rhode Island Striper Report
The holdover fishing has been very good in most of Connecticut’s larger tidal rivers, with good catches of stripers from 25 inches to 25 pounds being taken on soft plastics. As more herring make their way upstream, the bite will continue to improve as more larger fish should start to show. Other tidal rivers in Connecticut and Rhode Island have holdovers, but first-hand reports have been hard to find. Anglers are predicting that the first sea-lice covered schoolies will show up along the Rhode Island in a week or two.
Cape Cod/ Massachusetts Striper Report
Holdover striped bass are stirring in some fresh and brackish waters connected to the Mystic and the Charles rivers.