Striper Migration Map – May 5, 2017

The migration is picking up speed as more and larger stripers are moving through the waters of the Northeast. Keeper stripers have reached Cape Cod, while big post-spawn stripers are leaving Delaware Bay. There are still big numbers of post-spawn fish in the Chesapeake Bay, but they are steadily moving out and making their way north.

Chesapeake Bay

There are still some prespawn stripers moving up the Chesapeake Bay, but for the most part, the fish are making their way out. The fishing was slow this week, according to the Maryland DNR Fishing Report, with many fish still staging in the rivers or just outside before they make their move out of the bay.

Delaware Bay

Big bass have been making their way out of the Delaware River, with some fish already rounding Cape May and heading north, according to our Southern New Jersey Fishing Forecast.

New Jersey

A handful of 20-plus-pound stripers have come from the South Jersey surf and inlets, while keeper-sized fish are thick in the back bays. Many of the prime spots have been taken over by big bluefish, but fishing bait or the bottom or going out at night has the potential to produce good-sized stripers.

The Raritan Bay bass bit has mellowed out many of the fish have continued on their migration up the Hudson River. Still, fish to 30 pounds have been caught trolling and chunking in recent days according to our Northern New Jersey Fishing Forecast.

New York

According to our Long Island- New York fishing report, keeper-sized stripers are working their way east along Long Island. There are plenty of schoolies around the entire island still, but the bigger fish are concentrated in the Metro Region, where pre-spawn Hudson river bass are making a pit stop before continuing upriver.

Connecticut/Rhode Island

Bunker schools in Western Long Island Sound have attracted some keeper-sized stripers, and more keeper fish are showing up around the river mouths. Read more in our Connecticut Fishing Forecast.

Keepers are being caught in Rhode Island, mixed in with the large numbers of schoolies in the Salt Ponds and inside Narragansett Bay according to our Rhode Island Fishing Forecast.

Cape Cod/ Massachusetts

Stripers to 18 pounds were reported on Cape Cod this week, as keeper-sized fish arrive in good numbers. The larger bass are concentrated around Buzzards Bay and the South Side, while the Outer Cape and Cape Cod Bay still have mainly schoolies.

Migrating fish have been reported as far north as Cape Ann, and the keepers shouldn’t be far behind.

    • saltyb92

      Yeah caught 22 schoolies this week in Quincy. One more in Somerville last night. Just waiting to hear my drag scream on a big one!

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      • Ben

        Where in Quincy, and how has the canal been producing or worlds end in hull

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    • Joel Peters

      Caught 7 in the north river on Monday. They should be in the harbor by now

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  1. TOM

    Schoolies to legal size fish in the usual early season hangouts in Hingham Bay. Follow the herring for the big ones.

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  2. Stephen Reiglea

    There have been a lot of 20+lb stripers caught in the CT river this week.

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    • Kevin Blinkoff

      Absolutely. Should be striped bass and bluefish around from shore. Try to fish first light and sunset.

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  3. Vince S

    Had great schoolie action last Friday and Saturday on the ebb tides with lots of clam chum and clams at the west bar of Jones Beach Inlet. over 25 little guys from 9″ to 26″… bigger ones should be close by now.

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  4. Bobby T

    Landed 6 Schoolies and 1 –28″ keepers on Atom popper
    NQT, South Dartmouth

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    • Tipsy Tuna Sportfishing

      We caught swarms of schoolies and a few 27″ fish in the Merrimack on 5/13. Gonna get out to my typical SE Maine spots this weekend, I’m confident the fish are there.

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  5. Dre

    Are mackerel out by Boston light yet? Trying to go out and jig for them this weekend.

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  6. Chado

    Nothing in the Passaic yet but some bait was breaking the water yesterday. Gonna give it another shot today. Tight lines everyone.

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  7. Ben

    Has anyone been catching any good fish out of the canal? I was thinking about spending a night out there this coming weekend.

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