Big post-spawn stripers are beginning to move out of Chesapeake Bay and could show up in the next week along the coast from New Jersey to Long Island. In the meantime, fresh schoolie stripers have been reported as far north as Plum Island, Massachusetts, and bigger bass are mixing in from Connecticut to Cape Cod.
Chesapeake Bay Striper Report
The Maryland DNR reports that most of the striper spawning activity is winding down in the tributaries of Chesapeake Bay, and reaching its peak on the Susquehanna Flats. Fishermen are beginning to intercept big post-spawn stripers along the channel edges in the mid-Bay region, where surface temperatures are exceeding 60 degrees.
New Jersey Striper Report
Striped bass are spawning in the Delaware River, but there have been reports of post-spawn bass moving through the upper reaches of Delaware Bay and toward the mouth of the bay. It’s mostly schoolie striped bass and small keepers hitting in the backwaters and rivers in South Jersey, but the arrival of swarms of gator bluefish has distracted most of the surfcasters. Bluefish have also arrived in North Jersey, where the Raritan Bay bass bite is still good, but many of the bass have moved up the Hudson River to spawn.
New York – Long Island Striper Report
Hudson spawners are moving through the River and action has improved. It’s mostly small striped bass, but the bite has become steady with some 30-inch-plus fish mixed in. Read more in the Long Island Fishing Report.
Connecticut Striper Report
The tidal rivers have been excellent as migrating fish mix with hungry holdovers. View the Connecticut Fishing Report.
Rhode Island Striper Report
Fresh schoolies have spread out from the South County beaches to the Providence River, and fish to 30 inches are beginning to mix in. View the Rhode Island Fishing Report.
Cape Cod Striper Report
Schoolies have flooded into the Buzzards Bay harbors and along the south side of the Cape. A few bigger bass to 28 inches have been caught near herring runs. Cape Cod Fishing Report
Massachusetts Striper Report
The three bays of Plymouth, Duxbury and Kingston have schoolie stripers, Boston Harbor has schoolies, and they have been reported as far north as Plum Island/Newburyport. It’s definietly an early start to the season – read about it in the Massachusetts Fishing Report