Changes to New York Striped Bass Fishing Regulations 

Dr. Richard Cambria striped bass

DEC has adopted new regulations for recreational and commercial fishing for Atlantic striped bass. These regulations are to reduce state commercial and recreational harvests by 18 percent as required by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Addendum VI to Amendment 6 (PDF) of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP).

  • In marine waters (south of George Washington Bridge):
    • Slot size limit: 28” – 35” total length
      No fish smaller than 28” or greater than 35” may be kept
    • Season date: April 15 – December 15
  • In the Hudson River and its tributaries (north of George Washington Bridge):
    • Slot size limit: 18”- 28” total length
      (No fish smaller than 18” or greater than 28” may be kept)
    • Season date: April 1 – November 30
  • In the Delaware River and its West Branch bordering Pennsylvania:
    • Slot size limit: 28” – 35” total length
      (No fish smaller than 28” or greater than 35” may be kept)
    • Season date: All year
circle hook regulations

States are strongly recommending the use of non-offset circle hooks for 2020. These hooks will become mandatory for the 2021 striped bass fishing season. Catch and release practices contribute significantly to overall fishing mortality and circle hooks work effectively to reduce release mortality in the recreational striped bass fisheries. (Image provided by Maryland DNR)
 
Visit Recreational Saltwater Fishing Regulations for a complete list of recreational limits.

Make sure to enroll in the annual no-fee Recreational Marine Fishing Registry before going fishing in the marine and coastal district waters or when fishing in the Hudson River and its tributaries for “migratory fish of the sea” (e.g. striped bass).

Report Your Recreational Striped Bass Fishing

Help collect valuable fishing data on stripers in New York by participating in the Striped Bass Cooperative Angler (SBCA) Program. Anglers can submit catch data and scale samples that will be analyzed by NYSDEC staff to determine the age of the striped bass you caught. This information is reported back to our participants and is also shared in an annual newsletter at the end of each season.

For more details or to participate in the SBCA program, contact DEC at the information below.

New York’s marine waters (south of the George Washington Bridge):
sbcaprogram@dec.ny.gov or call (631) 380-3314

Hudson River region (north of the George Washington Bridge):
Jessica.best@dec.ny.gov or call (845) 256-3009.

5 on “Changes to New York Striped Bass Fishing Regulations 

  1. APEX

    Circle hooks are not just for bait. All of my flys use non-offset circle hooks with crushed barbs. All of my plugs and lures have been stripped of trebles and replaced by a single large non-offset circle hook. I have not noticed any reduction in hookups or fish lost.

    It is a myth that circle hooks don’t work for striped bass, trout, and salmon. Keep in mind, let the fish set the hook, don’t yank it out of it’s mouth. Once that hook is inside, they can’t spit it out.

  2. F DEC

    Not setting a hook is just like not ejaculating… Did you really catch it or the fish caught itself?

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