Striper Migration Map – April 24, 2020

One thing you can be certain of in these uncertain times – the striper migration will continue. So far, this fishing season has been notable for the early start to striper fishing in many locations, despite a relatively cool and windy April.

Striped bass are spawning in Chesapeake Bay tributaries, and big pre-spawn stripers are heading into the Hudson River and the Delaware River. Schoolie striper fishing has been very good inside New Jersey rivers, backwaters, and bays, bass are moving east along the south side of Long Island and in Long Island Sound along the Connecticut shoreline, and schoolie stripers have arrived in Rhode Island, Buzzards Bay, Cape Cod and the Vineyard.

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.

Be sure to follow local guidelines and stay safe and healthy! You can find information and links to relevant state agencies on our COVID-19 and Fishing page.

Also, note that there were some significant changes to striped bass regulations this year.


Chesapeake Bay Striper Report

Info is hard to come by right now as Maryland’s Stay at Home Order in response to the COVID-19 crisis prohibits recreational boating and catch-and-release fishing (limited subsistence fishing is allowed if you are seeking food for you or your family). COVID aside, Maryland prohibited all catch and release of striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay as of March 31 and will not open to striped bass fishing of any kind until May 1. We can assume that striped bass (rockfish) are actively spawning in the tributaries as surface water temperatures surpass 60 degrees.

Delaware Bay Striper Report

Striped bass (rockfish) are moving into the Delaware River to spawn. Be sure to follow your state’s regulations requiring catch-and-release of striped bass and the use of circle hooks when fishing bait.

New Jersey Striper Report

In New Jersey, access is tough but many areas remain open and most bait shops are offering curbside service. The bays, rivers and bridges continue to fish well for striped bass to 30 inches, with bloodworms and smaller soft-plastics on single-hook jigs fishing well. Evenings and early mornings are fishing especially well. The Raritan Bay striper bite might have passed its peak as big bluefish joined the party this week. Pre-spawn Hudson River stripers to 30 pounds have been feeding heavily but more fish are being reported moving up the Hudson. Kayakers and boaters have been catching on plugs, shads and mojos. Surfcasters are catching on bloodworms and bunker chunks. Take advantage of curbside and delivery service from your local tackle shop and be safe.

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