2021 Striper Migration Map
Striped bass are spawning in Chesapeake Bay and heading into the Delaware and Hudson rivers. Schoolies are spreading north to Long Island and into southern New England. 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.
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.
Chesapeake Bay Striper Report
Chesapeake Bay waters continue to warm into the 50s and tributaries are reaching low 60s. According the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, striped bass spawning is right on schedule in the Potomac, Patuxent, and Nanticoke rivers. The 2021 regulations for recreational striped bass fishing in the Chesapeake Bay are 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. Remember that all fishing for striped bass, including catch-and-release, is prohibited in the Chesapeake Bay or any of its tidal rivers — except the main stem of the Potomac River — for the month of April. The main stem of the bay will open to striped bass fishing on May 1 south of the Brewerton Channel.
Delaware Bay Striper Report
Small stripers (rockfish) are along the Delaware beaches and in the Indian River Inlet with the occasional bigger bass reported. Spawning bass have moved up the Delaware River to spawn. Chunked menhaden (bunker) on circle hook rigs has been the top bait for bigger fish. Check out Delaware Surf Fishing if you’re a shore-based fisherman in Delaware Bay.
New Jersey Striper Report
In southern New Jersey, striped bass fishing has been very consistent on fish from 16 to 28 inches, but there were a few reports of some 41 inchers being landed off the beach. Raritan Bay striped bass fishing has been strong with plenty of 30-inch-class fish, and good numbers of 20-pounders hitting trolled spoons, plugs and bait.
New York Striper Report
Schoolie stripers are becoming abundant all over, with bigger bass at the west end of Long Island, and smaller schoolies along the south shore beaches.
Connecticut/Rhode Island Striper Report
Migrating schoolies are moving through western Long Island Sound and joining the holdover stripers in the Housatonic and Connecticut rivers. Fresh migrating schoolies have arrived in Rhode Island, with numbers increasing every day.
Cape Cod/ Massachusetts Striper Report
Fresh schoolie stripers have been reported on the southside of Martha’s Vineyard, on the South Coast (Buzzards Bay) and along the southside of the Cape. With weather improving over the next week, we expect more reports from Buzzards Bay and the southside of the Cape this weekend, and perhaps some bass in the Cape Cod Canal by the next migration map.