2021 Striper Migration Map
Striped bass are spawning in Chesapeake Bay and schooling up at the mouth of the Hudson River. Schoolies are spreading out through the NJ backwaters and moving north. Check out this video podcast to learn more about the Striper Migration Map.
Striped bass managers are collecting public comment on a new plan to manage striped bass. Deadline is Friday, April 9 at 5pm! 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.
Striped bass are on their spawning grounds in Chesapeake Bay tributaries and in the Delaware River. Smaller stripers are in the inlets and backwaters of New Jersey and spreading north to Long Island. Big prespawn stripers are staging in 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. 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.
Striped bass are moving into tributaries and will be actively spawning in the coming days as a stretch of nice weather warms the backwaters.
Delaware Bay Striper Report
Small stripers (rockfish) are along the Delaware beaches and in the Indian River Inlet. Bigger bass are pushing through upper Delaware Bay, feeding on menhaden and moving up the Delaware River to spawn. Chunked menhaden (bunker) on circle hook rigs has been the top bait for bigger fish.
New Jersey Striper Report
Raritan Bay is the center of striped bass fishing in New Jersey as schoolie stripers, plenty of 30-inch-class fish, and some bigger bass are hitting plugs and bait. The rivers and inlets from Barnegat south to Cape May are fishing well for schoolie striped bass. Plugs, shads, and jigs are all producing fish.
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.
Connecticut/Rhode Island Striper Report
Holdover striper fishing has been good in the Housatonic River and in Connecticut River tributaries with warming water and the arrival of river herring. Holdover stripers are also stirring in some of the Rhode Island salt ponds and rivers. We’re predicting the first reports of schoolie stripers at the West Wall in Rhode Island in 7 to 10 days.
Cape Cod/ Massachusetts Striper Report
Holdover striped bass have been reported in some fresh and brackish waters in Buzzards Bay, on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and in the greater Boston area as waters warm. We’re 2 to 3 weeks away from the first wave of fresh schoolies.