2021 Striper Migration Map
Striped bass are moving out of Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River spawning grounds. Schoolies are spreading north to Maine, and larger stripers are trickling 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
Striped bass are spawning in the lower Susquehanna River and surrounding areas, while post-spawn striped bass are moving out of the Choptank, Nanticoke, Patuxent, and Potomac rivers.
Chesapeake Bay anglers are excited to be able to fish for the large post-spawn striped bass as they exit the spawning rivers and head out of the bay. The Chesapeake Bay is now open for striped bass fishing from Brewerton Channel to the Virginia state line, excluding all bays (other than the main stem), sounds, tributaries, creeks and rivers, except Tangier Sound and Pocomoke Sound, is open to striped bass fishing for fish 35 inches or larger, with a one fish per person per day creel limit. 2021 regulations for recreational striped bass fishing in the Chesapeake Bay are available on the DNR website.
Most fishermen are trolling large parachutes and bucktails in tandem or behind umbrella rigs this week but a few light-tackle anglers are jigging and chunking. The post-spawn stripers wil make their way out of the Bay over the next 7-10 days.
Delaware Bay Striper Report
Short stripers (rockfish) are plentiful along the Delaware beaches and in the Indian River Inlet. Larger bass are mostly concentrated up toward the Delaware River in the Augustine Beach area but should be moving back out soon. Check out Delaware Surf Fishing for a complete report if you’re a fisherman in Delaware Bay.
New Jersey Striper Report
In southern New Jersey, striped bass up to 32 inches have been more cooperative along the beaches and Cape May is starting to see better numbers of bigger bass as the Delaware river post-spawners round the tip. We heard good reports along Long Beach Island this week and bigger bass continue to hit in Raritan Bay, but bluefish have been stealing the headlines this week.
• Read the Southern New Jersey Fishing Report
• Read the Northern New Jersey Fishing Report
New York Striper Report
Bass have moved into the Hudson River to spawn. Schoolie stripers are abundant all over, with bigger bass at the west end of Long Island and trickling into western LI Sound. The average size of schoolies is starting to increase with more slot-size fish reported.
• Read the Long Island Fishing Report
Connecticut/Rhode Island Striper Report
Good numbers of migrating schoolies are moving through Long Island Sound, with some larger fish reported around herring runs. Rhode Island has plenty of schoolies, inside Narragansett Bay and along the beaches.
Cape Cod/Massachusetts Striper Report
Schoolie striper fishing intensified this week with good numbers of fish in most Cape Cod rivers, salt ponds, and estuaries, particularly in Buzzards Bay and along the southside of the Cape. There have also been reports of bass to 30 inches in the Cape Cod Canal. Stripers have been reported on the South Shore, in Boston Harbor, and Cape Ann.
New Hampshire/Maine Striper Report
A few anglers have reported schoolie stripers trickling into southern Maine, but nothing consistent yet. Reinforcements aren’t far behind.