2021 Striper Migration Map
Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, anglers from New Jersey to New England have shots at big stripers. With the weather looking more fishy than beachy, it’s time to get serious – and make sure you’re signed up for The Striper Cup!
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 Fishing Report
Post-spawn stripers have followed the channel edges toward lower Chesapeake Bay and out into the open ocean. Most fishermen are now focusing on smaller stripers. Striped bass fishing entered a new phase on May 16, as anglers in most areas of the Chesapeake Bay may keep one striped bass per day with a minimum size of 19 inches. Many of the stripers being caught are below the 19-inch minimum, so be sure to practice good C+R habits! Some restrictions continue in many of the tidal river areas until May 31, after which all tidal areas in Maryland will be open to fishing for striped bass. 2021 regulations for recreational striped bass fishing in the Chesapeake Bay are available on the DNR website.
New Jersey Striper Report
In southern NJ, the striped bass fishing has been a bit spotty lately as bass continue pushing north. There have been some good bass caught on clams from the Cape May beaches, and a few bigg fish taken by trollers working the 3-mile line. In northern NJ, the big bass bite continues in Raritan Bay.
New York Striper Report
Mixed schools of schoolie stripers and 30-inchers can be found all around Long Island, big bass are under bunker at the west end of the island, and bass to 45 inches have been reported at Montauk.
Connecticut/Rhode Island Striper Report
Not much has changed in Connecticut, as bass to 30 pounds are pushing into Western Long Island Sound to feed on bunker and good numbers of fish from 30 to 35 inches have moved in along the Connecticut coast and in the rivers. Rhode Island received a push of striped bass to 30 pounds this week, mostly in Narragansett Bay on bunker schools.
Cape Cod/Massachusetts Striper Report
Cape Codders are reporting more bass in the 30-inch class along with the occasional isolated school of bigger bass around bunker (pogy) schools. Schoolie stripers are moving in waves along the South Shore, schoolie blitzes are occurring in Boston Harbor, with the occasional bigger bass in the mix. Surprisingly, Cape Ann and the North Shore seems to be giving up more 20-pound-plus fish than the South Shore.
New Hampshire/Maine Striper Report
Schoolies are continuing to load into New Hampshire and southern Maine estuaries. Find the warmest water around to catch these early arrivals.
And from Canada…