Striper Migration Map – April 2, 2021

58-Pound striper in New Jersey is the highlight of the map this week.

2021 Striper Migration Map

Big news this week as some seriously big bass showed up in north New Jersey this week. The striper migration is on!

Striped bass managers are currently collecting public comment as they design a new plan to manage striped bass. Here’s how to submit your comments.
Remember that striper fishermen are now required to use circle hooks when using natural bait.
Also, let’s all do our best this season to make sure that any stripers we release swim away healthy.

Striper Migration 04-02-2021

Striped bass are moving toward spawning grounds in Chesapeake Bay tributaries and in the Delaware River, and smaller stripers are getting active in warming inshore areas inside New Jersey rivers, backwaters, and bays, and at the west end of Long Island. Big prespawn stripers are filtering into northern New Jersey. 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

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has issued the 2021 regulations for recreational striped bass fishing in the Chesapeake Bay, available on the DNR website. Striped bass regulation maps — showing the bay’s regions and their open and close dates — can also be found on the department website.

Anglers fishing the lower Susquehanna River and Flats found some catch-and-release action with pre-spawn striped bass before it closed on April 1. Spawning striped bass have reached the upper Choptank River and anglers are reminded that catch-and-release fishing for striped bass in the Choptank River is not allowed. The striped bass will be actively spawning in the next couple of weeks. Large female striped bass are moving through the mid-Bay region on their way to the upper bay spawning sites. Anglers are reminded that there is no catch-and-release fishing allowed from April 1 until May 1. In the lower Bay, most of the striped bass have already entered the spawning rivers. Most of the tidal rivers in the lower bay are closed to catch-and-release fishing until May 16, with spawning reaches closed to all targeting through May 31.

2021 Striper Cup

Delaware Bay Striper Report

The first push of big stripers is moving through upper Delaware Bay and into the Delaware River to spawn. Even with bellies full of eggs, they are continuing to feed heavily on schools of menhaden. Chunked menhaden (bunker) on circle hook rigs has been the top bait for bigger fish.

New Jersey Striper Report

Big news this week as big bass appeared in Raritan Bay, including a 58-pounder caught by kayak fisherman Bobby Read. South of Sandy Hook, the backwaters and rivers are fishing well for schoolie striped bass. Bloodworms are the top bait, but plugs and shads (fished slowly) are also producing fish.

Read the Southern New Jersey Fishing Report 

Read the Northern New Jersey Fishing Report

New York Striper Report

Schoolie stripers are becoming abundant at the west end of Long Island, and resident or “holdover” schoolie stripers are stirring in backwater areas.

Read the Long Island Fishing Report

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 with warming water and the arrival of river herring. Holdover stripers are also stirring in some of the Rhode Island salt ponds and rivers.

Read the Connecticut Fishing Report

Read the Rhode Island Fishing Report

Cape Cod/ Massachusetts Striper Report

Holdover striped bass have been reported in some fresh and brackish waters on Cape Cod and the greater Boston area as waters warm.

Read the Cape Cod Fishing Report

Read the Massachusetts Fishing Report

9 on “Striper Migration Map – April 2, 2021

  1. Timmy Bizznello

    Any point in chasing them down around Wareham/Bourne MA yet?

    1. Tim Lesko

      Got a small schoolie with sea lice at the canal this morning!
      Near the foot of the rail bridge

  2. Mike

    I hope this everyone this season is catch and release. The stock is diminishing. Watch the Netflix film seaspriacy what an Eye opener. Mans greed will kill the planet and mankind. You would think non profit groups would advocate harsher restrictions on commercial fishings.

      1. BAD NEWS

        If you are really worried about it don’t fish for them at all. 10% of the fish you release will die anyway. FACTS

  3. Kirk Murdoch

    Catch and release is the way to go. Stripers aren’t that tasty anyway.

  4. Rob

    Mike- please don’t take a totally bias Netflix documentary as the current state of our fishery

  5. Fred

    The oceans and freshwater bodies are in trouble. Legal and illegal fishing are depleting the oceans to fuel the need for sources of food for an increasingly over populated world. Went to New Zealand for a 3 week fly fishing prior to Covid.The rivers are and ground water are drying up due to the chinese companies buying land for dairy production. Sixty to seventy percent of the rivers are polluted due to the dairy industry. The native Maori sold ocean fishing rights China and the dredged every fish they could find and destroyed many species. Bottom line is I love fishing and we have to do what we can to preserve our sport now and for the future. Catch and Release is best practice and if you see illegal fishing report it.

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