Striper Migration Map – March 22, 2019

Follow the Striper Migration

Striper Migration Map

2019 Striper Migration Map

The striper migration has begun! March came in like a lion, but inshore waters are warming and the striper migration is progressing. Striped bass are moving toward spawning grounds in Chesapeake Bay tributaries, and smaller stripers are getting active in warming inshore areas in Delaware Bay, inside New Jersey rivers and backwaters, and in the back bays at the west end of Long Island. Raritan Bay has even had reports of massive schools of bunker! 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 on social media with tag #stripermigration.

Chesapeake Bay Striper Report

On the upper Chesapeake, surface water temperatures are holding around 45 degrees and rising slowly. Pre-spawn striped bass are arriving and catch-and-release fishing for them is getting off to a good start. Catch-and-release fishing for striped bass in the main portions of the bay is beginning to gain more interest from anglers. Striped bass can be found along channel edges of the bay and jigging has been a favorite way to target them. The Calvert Cliffs Power Plant warm water discharge pipe is attracting more catch-and-release fishermen each day as large female striped bass are moving up the bay towards spawning rivers. Drifting in the warm water plume and jigging with large soft plastic jigs or butterfly jigs is the ticket to this exciting action.

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.

Delaware Bay Striper Report

In inshore areas of upper Delaware Bay, short rockfish (stripers) are being caught and released, mostly by anglers fishing bloodworms and grass shrimp for white perch.
Sign Up For The 2019 Striper Cup!

New Jersey Striper Report

The back bay striped bass action is off to a great start with consistent bites occurring in the Shrewsbury, Navesink, Manasquan, and Toms rivers. Raritan bay has also been giving up fish from the bay beaches and there are many reports of huge schools of bunker.

Read the Southern New Jersey Fishing Report 

Read the Northern New Jersey Fishing Report

New York Striper Report

Backwater areas on the West End of the island are holding some schoolie stripers, but the fish have been pretty inactive due to the cool water temperatures.

Read the Long Island Fishing Report

Connecticut/Rhode Island Striper Report

Holdover striper fishing in the Housatonic River and in Connecticut River tributaries should improve as the fish will only get more active once the water begins to warm.

Read the Connecticut Fishing Report

Read the Rhode Island Fishing Report

Cape Cod/ Massachusetts Striper Report

Holdover striped bass began are stirring in some fresh and brackish waters connected to the Mystic and the Charles rivers.

Read the Cape Cod Fishing Report

Read the Massachusetts Fishing Report

14 on “Striper Migration Map – March 22, 2019

  1. Mark emanuele

    Hi I love the information. Is it feisable to track more info for Maryland ? Thanks !!!

  2. Heath

    It’s that time again! Woohoo! I love this information it really helps time different areas of the coast Maine thank you.

  3. Kenneth Lisi

    I love fishing the NJ shore off of Long Beach Island for stripers, blues, mackerel, kingfish and even occasional brown sharks.

  4. Joseph Paganp

    I love this magazine, great fishing tips,recipe’s and reports

  5. Joseph Pagano

    I love this magazine, great fishing tips,recipe’s and reports

  6. Metalmanbob

    We in Cape cod are waiting for the first wave of stripers to arrive (YEAH) HMUP

  7. Jason Santos

    Maybe Uber, can start delivering Bait so we don’t have to leave our Hot fishing spot this year…?

    1. Sam L

      I saw a youtube video where they delivered it by drone, that was pretty cool.

  8. Denise

    It’s the 29th and we’re on the Pa side of the Delaware River. They’re here! Got ourselves a keeper 28″, but slots come in next week. Caught a bunch of 18″ to 24″s but they had to go back. Happy fishing!

  9. Jesse Scott

    Please update the map. It is 4/5 and the last update was 3/22. Thanks!

  10. Brian

    Can anyone tell me where a good spot To fish for stripers along the Delaware River ( I’m near the Ben Franklin Bridge )

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *