Striper Migration Map – May 19, 2015

Big bass hit the Jersey Shore and Metro NY

Striper Migration Map

Striper Migration Map


Post-spawn striped bass have left the Susquehanna Flats and are making their way down into the bay. Many post-spawn fish have already left and are heading up the coast toward New Jersey.


The striper spawn in the Delaware River has ended and most of the big bass have left Delaware Bay. (Black drum fishing in the Bay is excellent, however.)


The bluefish invasion is finally starting to wane just as large stripers are making their way up from the Chesapeake. Trolling has been the ticket for larger stripers off Northern New Jersey. In Central New Jersey, stripers between 20 and 30 pounds are occasionally chasing bait into the surf. In Southern New Jersey, schoolies are all over the backwaters while larger fish are being taken on bait from the ocean beaches.

Shore Catch Guide Service Report 5/19: More bunker starting to show but the better action came on the Tony Maja Bunker spoons!
Shore Catch Guide Service Report 5/19: More bunker starting to show but the better action came on the Tony Maja Bunker spoons!


There are still stripers spawning in the Hudson River, but larger fish are once again being taken in Raritan Bay and off the West End of Long Island, including western Long Island Sound. These are likely post-spawn Hudson stripers. Farther east, more keeper-sized fish are being reported, all the way out to Montauk. Bluefish are spreading out along the South Shore of Long Island, but there have been stripers feeding under the blues.

Mike Dean landed this 48-inch bass to win the Manhattan Cup.
Mike Dean landed this 48-inch bass last weekend to win the Manhattan Cup and add to his point total in the Striper Cup Catch and Release category.


Striped bass fishing remains excellent in the rivers, at the river mouths, and on the beaches of Long Island Sound. More bass over 20 pounds were reported this week.


Big numbers of fresh schoolie striped bass to 30 inches are entertaining anglers on the south-facing Rhode Island shorelines and inside Narragansett Bay. Numbers of fish in the 30-inch range are being reported in the breachways and salt ponds, and a few bass over 20 pounds have been reported in Narragansett Bay.


Schoolie stripers have been reported on all sides of Cape Cod. Several stripers to 20-plus pounds have been landed in the Cape Cod Canal, but the vast majority of fish being caught right now are schoolies. Only a few bluefish have been reported on the southside, but with all the squid in Nantucket Sound, a massive bluefish invasion in the coming days is likely.
North of the Cape, stripers have been reported in Plymouth Bay, the North River in Scituate, Boston Harbor, and along the North Shore, including Cape Ann and Plum Island. Most of the fish being caught are in the 20- to 30-inch range.


Fresh schoolies have arrived on the New Hampshire Seacoast and reports are trickling in from Southern Maine!

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16 on “Striper Migration Map – May 19, 2015

  1. Ryan

    Caught a 24 inch striper right outside the Charles River locks this past weekend.

    1. ken

      charlestown lock is load with strippers now i caught a 34 yesteday, and i lonly fish for 10 minutes.

      1. ken

        go to charlestown locks on the low tide i garantee you will get one

  2. kevin

    Caught a 28 1/2 in on clams Saturday afternoon at low tide in the Merrimack. Lots of schoolies around too.

  3. Matt

    18 inch fish at the canal last friday, but the guy next to me pulled out a 41 inch toad

  4. attml

    Caught 21 fish yesterday mid-Chesapeake Bay chumming. Smallest was 18 inches largest was 26 inches. Definitely moving into the late spring /early summer pattern of 20-30 inch fish mid-bay. Surface temp on my fish finder said 79 degrees at the surface.

  5. Benny G

    Caught one in the Piscataqua last night.
    Slack Low on white 9 inch sluggo.

  6. badboy

    caught a bunch yesterday canal is hot 25 pounder and 5 others around 40 inches

  7. Denis gervaisChampion

    39″farmington river may23rd …that’s not bottom

  8. Dan Kiley

    anyone know of any bass fishing outside the fire island inlet? How far off and how far east or west? Thanks.

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