2020 Striper Migration Map
One thing you can be certain of in these uncertain times – the striper migration will continue. So far, this fishing season has been notable for the early start to striper fishing in many locations.
Striped bass are spawning in Chesapeake Bay tributaries, and big pre-spawn stripers are heading into the Hudson River and the Delaware River. Schoolie striper fishing has been very good inside New Jersey rivers, backwaters, and bays, and schoolies are moving east along the south side of Long Island and in Long Island Sound along the Connecticut shoreline.
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.
Be sure to follow local guidelines and stay safe and healthy! You can find information and links to relevant state agencies on our COVID-19 and Fishing page.
Also, note that there were some significant changes to striped bass regulations this year.
Chesapeake Bay Striper Report
Striped bass (rockfish) are actively spawning in the tributaries as surface water temperatures surpass 60 degrees. Be aware that no catch-and-release of striped bass is permitted in the tidal rivers. The penalties for violating these protective regulations are high, usually resulting in fines and license suspensions. Anglers are also reminded that Maryland prohibited all catch and release of striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay as of March 31 and will not open to striped bass fishing of any kind until May 1. Also be aware that Maryland’s Stay at Home Order in response to the COVID-19 crisis prohibits recreational boating and catch-and-release fishing – limited subsistence fishing is allowed if you are seeking food for you or your family.
Delaware Bay Striper Report
Striped bass (rockfish) are moving through upper Delaware Bay and into the Delaware River to spawn. Be sure to follow your state’s regulations requiring catch-and-release of striped bass and the use of circle hooks when fishing bait.
New Jersey Striper Report
In New Jersey, access is getting a little tougher but many areas remain open and most bait shops are offering curbside service. The bays, rivers and bridges continue to fish well for striped bass to 30 inches, with smaller soft-plastics on single-hook jigs fishing well. Evenings and nights are fishing especially well. Raritan Bay has bigger pre-spawn Hudson River stripers to 30 pounds. Kayakers and boaters have been catching on plugs, shads and mojos. Take advantage of curbside and delivery service from your local tackle shop and be safe.
Phone upgrade needed #selfiegameweak #iphone7problems #stripedbass #addictedtofishing #creepingwhileyouresleeping #njfishing #fishing #thefisherman #onthewatermagazine #njfishandwildlife #springrun #bass #saltlife #tugisthedrug
View this post on Instagram
Found some Striped friends who were willing to play amongst all their lock-jawed school-mates with the help of @northeastjigco Sunglasses Required, Magic Mullet paired with a 3/4oz Eye Jig. Somehow managed to pull it off even though I forgot my sunglasses ? Sometimes it pays to downgrade lure size when the fish aren’t hitting what you think they should be. Side Note: This fish decided it was time for lunch right as I was in the middle of finishing my breakfast, didn’t even get to swallow my PB&J before this little slotty swallowed my Mullet. #multitasking ?: either @vickilynnsportfishing or @nickhonachefsky thanks to whomever it was who got this photo✊?
New York – Hudson River and Long Island Striper Report
Hudson River spawning stock stripers continue to gather and feed in Raritan Bay, and eventually they will push up the Hudson to spawn. Most of the bass being caught in the river north of Bear Mountain recently are in the 18- to 30-inch range.
Fresh, migrating schoolie stripers continue to spread east along the south side beaches and along the north shore in Long Island Sound. Anglers are reminded to be safe and practice social distancing.
Connecticut/Rhode Island Striper Report
Migrating stripers are making a good showing along the shorelines of western Connecticut, and the lines are blurring between fresh fish and holdovers. Holdovers are active in Rhode Island rivers and salt ponds, but we haven’t heard any reports of fresh migrating schoolies yet. We expect them to show up before next week’s map update.
Cape Cod/ Massachusetts Striper Report
Holdover striped bass are stirring in some fresh and brackish waters on Cape Cod and the greater Boston area as waters warm and river herring arrive.
View this post on Instagram
On the board! A feisty holdover whacked a dart spin and really peeled some before the camera came out. The.season.starts.NOW . . . . #stripedbassfishing #holdoverstripedbass #catchandrelease #tightlines #onthewatermagazine #stripedbass #surfcasting #surfcastersjournal #fishing #fishingaddict #catchoftheday #thetugisthedrug #fishinglife #capecodfishing