After a mild winter, a cool spring has slowed things down. As of late May, water temperatures are lagging and the migration is lagging as well. However, there are stripers from Chesapeake Bay to Maine.
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
Maryland opened to striped bass fishing on May 1 and issued guidance for the striped bass season. Starting on May 16, the size and bag limit for striped bass in the bay and tributaries (excluding the Susquehanna Flats) will be one fish per person, per day, with a minimum size of 19 inches. On the Susquehanna Flats, the limit is one fish between 19-26 inches. Light-tackle and fly-fishermen have been enjoying decent shallow-water action in open areas, while trolling channel edges in middle and lower Chesapeake Bay has been producing some larger post-spawn bass. Maryland’s excellent fishing report returned this week, check it out for more details on the Chesapeake Bay fishing scene.
Delaware Bay Striper Report
Striped bass (rockfish) are moving out of the Delaware River after spawning. There has been some action on slot-sized fish on chunked bunker in upper Delaware Bay. 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, wind has been a challenge but big bass are moving up the coast and trollers working out to the 3-mile line have been connecting with fish to 50 pounds. Inshore, bays, rivers and bridges continue to fish well for striped bass, mostly to 30 inches, with smaller soft-plastics on single-hook jigs fishing well. Take advantage of curbside and delivery service from your local tackle shop and be safe.
New York – Hudson River and Long Island Striper Report
Hudson River spawning stock stripers have moved up the Hudson to spawn. The fishing has picked up recently with more bass from 30 pound-plus fish reported.
On Long Island, bass to 30 inches and 10 to 15 pounders are becoming more common, but bigger post-spawn stripers have not hit the island yet… could it happen this holiday weekend?
Connecticut/Rhode Island Striper Report
Migrating stripers are making a good showing along the shorelines of Connecticut, with larger bass beginning to show in western Long Island Sound. Schoolie stripers are increasing in number in Rhode Island but bass over 30 inches have been rare. With river herring and bunker around, a push of bigger striped bass should arrive any day now.
Cape Cod/ Massachusetts Striper Report
Schoolies have spread along the coast of Massachusetts, with good numbers of fish from 22 to 26 inches and a few bigger bass in the mix. Cape Cod has been awash with schoolies, but there have been some reports of 20-pound-size-class pushing into Buzzards Bay. Will this weekend bring the first schools of big post-spawn bass into southern Massachusetts waters?
New Hampshire and Maine Striper Report
Fresh migrating stripers have arrived in New Hampshire and southern Maine waters!
Content extracted from https://www.onthewater.com/striper-migration-map-may-22-2020