Striped Bass Fishing Season Opens In The Tidal Hudson River

Bait fishing is best for targeting Hudson stripers.

Striped bass recreational fishing has begun in the tidal Hudson River. These fish spend most of their time in coastal waters but return to the fresh water of the Hudson each spring to spawn. The Hudson River acts as a nursery for the newly hatched young-of-year bass.

Striped bass commonly reach lengths of more than three feet and weights exceeding 30 pounds. For people who fish the Hudson for sport, the striper is a favorite catch. Before you head out, enroll in the annual non-fee Recreational Marine Fishing Registry, and read a summary of Tidal Hudson River Regulations.
Striped bass are cooperatively managed along the Atlantic coast by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Along with other states, New York has required regulatory measures that include monitoring programs, recreational and commercial minimum size limits, recreational creel limits, and commercial quotas to manage and evaluate the condition of the striped bass stock.

DEC’s monitoring program began in 1985. From April to June, Hudson River fisheries crew use a 500-foot haul seine, as well as an electrofishing boat to catch spawning striped bass. Biologists measure, weigh, and collect scale samples from the fish for aging before tagging and returning them to the river.

In 2015, New York was required to reduce harvest due to a decline in the coastal spawning stock. In the Hudson River, DEC implemented a slot limit to protect most female fish, while allowing anglers the opportunity to harvest a trophy fish. These regulations ensure that striped bass will be plentiful for years to come.

Spring striped bass

Help DEC Manage Striped Bass

If you fish for striped bass in the Hudson River, you can share your fishing trip information and help DEC biologists understand and manage New York’s striped bass fishery.

Here’s how it works: Fill out a logbook provided by us whenever you fish on the Hudson River (by boat or shore). Record general location, time, gear used, what you caught (or if you didn’t catch anything) and return the logbook when you are done fishing. You’ll receive an annual newsletter summarizing the information in addition to the latest news regarding regulations and the river.

Whether you catch-and-release or take home a keeper, you can be part of the Cooperative Angler Program.

Join today by contacting Jessica Best 845-256-3009

9 on “Striped Bass Fishing Season Opens In The Tidal Hudson River

  1. david hopkins

    I plan on fishing the hudson for stripers in the kinston area.

  2. Frank

    Down by that new bridge the bass were plentiful from the end of March through mid April. In 3 kayak trips caught 20, 40 and 50 stripers to 27”. May try one last time tomorrow.

    1. Robert Brady

      From Ossining never fished south what bait and were you center span or west side? Don’t worry won’t give spot away ,I now live in Florida fishing for snook

  3. b1l

    Hey Mr. Hopkins,

    I have been trying to fish for a few years now around the Glasco area but have been unsuccessful…any good pointers ?…I have used lures, herring but no luck..


    1. bob peters

      get ahold of me I fish in glasco and we catch fish there daily also have a face book fishing page B&K Hudson river fishing

    2. bob peters

      I fish there every day and catch woppers, heres my fishing page on face book B&K Hudson river fishing

  4. Chief Dave

    Just wondering is it truly safe to eat
    the you catch on the Hudson River.

    1. John

      These stripers are in the Hudson for less than two weeks a year and aren’t eating too much once they’re in spawn mode.

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