Striped bass (Morone saxatilis) are New York’s official saltwater fish and are highly sought-after by recreational anglers in New York’s marine waters and the Hudson River. DEC is seeking participants to join the Striped Bass Cooperative Angler (SBCA) Program to help biologists understand and maintain a healthy striped bass population. Anglers help provide data on fish caught and can submit scale samples that are used for aging their catch. Learn more from our new Striped Bass Cooperative Angler Program StoryMap.
Circle hooks are required when fishing for striped bass with bait. Check DEC’s Best Practices for Saltwater Fishing for more information on responsible fishing and safe fish handling tips.
Before fishing, visit the Recreational Saltwater Fishing Regulations webpage for the most up-to-date limits. In New York’s Marine and Coastal District, or when fishing for “migratory fish of the sea,” including striped bass, be sure to enroll in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry.