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
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.
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.
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.
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.