Big bass have mostly moved out of Raritan Bay, but boats working toward New York waters are still catching a few big stripers. Scroll down to see all the reports. The migration has two parts, a spring migration, and a fall migration. As such, the striper migration map is a blotchy mix of colors – our best attempt to show that while spawning class stripers have migrated north, they haven’t really spread out as much as we have grown accustomed to. COVID aside, Maryland opened to striped bass fishing on May 1 and issued guidance for the striped bass season. The warm water has delayed the bass migration a bit, and blitzing fish of multiple sizes can be found throughout the area. Not many folks are getting out and fishing in the Metro NY and Long Island area. All Rights Reserved. This year seems a bit different. Seasonal tips for catching stripers everywhere. - Note that on some websites you have to go to their forums section to find their fishing reports. Is anyone keeping an eye on this to occur? One is that it reflects a change in migration patterns due to water temperatures, bait availability (such as the big numbers of menhaden), or some other natural factor that is concentrating the schools of particularly big, 20, 30, and 40-pound-plus stripers in more discrete areas. Seasonal tips for catching stripers everywhere. The Striped Bass Migration. will this cause more fish coming into the bays like Narragansset Bay? Scroll down to see all the reports. One thing you can be certain of in these uncertain times – the striper migration will continue! Raritan Bay has also been giving up fish from the bay beaches on bloodworms with more keepers in the mix recently. Thanks to a mild winter, we’ve reached the start of spring with ocean waters about 5 degrees higher than last year at this time. On July 1st I watched a seal chase a 50″ stripper up to shore at the Cape Cod Canal.. Also, note that there were some significant changes to striped bass regulations this year. In year’s past, by the end of June, the Striper Migration map looks mostly the same. Sign up for our FREE Fishing Reports Today! A Guide to the Striped Bass Seasons and Migrations. Most Striper’s spawning begins when the water temperature reaches 62ºF. • Read the Southern New Jersey Fishing Report, • Read the Northern New Jersey Fishing Report. Most likely, it is a combination of these two factors. In Barnegat Bay, striped bass are spreading out and hitting bloodworms, soft plastics, and plugs. Required fields are marked *, Copyright © 2020 On The Water, LLC. A color-coded recommendation system allows anglers to plan their striped bass fishing trips up to seven days in advance. Striped bass are moving toward spawning grounds in Chesapeake Bay tributaries, and smaller stripers are getting active in warming inshore areas in Delaware Bay, along the New Jersey beaches, in the backwaters at the west end of Long Island, and in tidal rivers in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Spawning-size, 30-pound bass have migrated north and are available pretty much from Long Island, NY to southern Maine. In year’s past, by the end of June, the Striper Migration map looks mostly the same. The penalties for violating these protective regulations are high, usually resulting in fines and license suspensions. Anglers need to be aware that no catch and release of striped bass is permitted in the tidal rivers. Tons of schoolies, a handful of 26” no keepers . Striped bass are moving into spawning tributaries, and some spawning action has been observed on the Rappahannock. • Read the New Hampshire/Maine Fishing Report. Outgoing current has been the better bite with the temperatures hovering in the low- to mid- 50s. Take advantage of curbside and delivery service from your local tackle shop and be safe. Can you include a link to last years migration maps and reports? All Rights Reserved. The seal caught and ate a smaller stripper later, Your email address will not be published. Stripers Online Forums Main Forum Fishing discussion, fishing questions or website specific topics - news, trips, pictures, stories, tackle, rods, reels, lines, lures, techniques and fishing travel for striped bass and everything that swims Be sure to follow local guidelines and stay safe and healthy! Anglers are reminded that all catch and release of striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay ends March 31 and will not open to striped bass fishing of any kind until May 1. Bass over 30 pounds have been tough to locate with any consistency around Cape Cod, but there are good numbers of schoolies and fish in the 30-to 40-inch class. Your email address will not be published. Lake Texoma Striper Seasonal Pattern-Fall. Most of the stripers are 18 to 24 inches, from Toms River south to Cape May. Turn to sea 1 Year (10 Issues) of On The Water Magazine ; Annual Angler’s Almanac ($7.95 Value): A 200+ page special January issue, packed with fishing know-how, the latest techniques, striper migration maps, and reviews of new boats and equipment. According to my trip logs, I’ve caught copious amounts of migrating strips in water temps ranging from a high of 60-degrees down to a low of 49-degrees. There are two likely explanations for this. #surfcasting #catchandrelease #stripedbass #rockfish #striper #njfishing #saltlife #nyfishing #onthewatermagazine #vanstaal #odmrods #takwaterman #takwatermansurfnfish, A post shared by Semper Fly (@semper_fly_nj) on Mar 24, 2020 at 11:35pm PDT, Hit the water today with @joegrecofishing on his freshwater bass boat and absolutely slayed the stripers, it was a tough bite but we pulled through and ended up on some real quality fish. We've updated our striper migration map - Stripers have reached Boston and the North Shore, and spawning-size bass are filtering out of Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay and making their way up the coast. Striped bass (rockfish) have moved up into the Delaware River to spawn. Striped bass fishing has slowed with rising water temperatures in southern New Jersey and anglers are targeting other species. There are many swaths of the ocean where 20- to 26-inch bass are super-abundant and there are some 30-inch-class fish, but fish over 20 pounds appear absent. - Note that on some websites you have to go to their forums section to find their fishing reports. Do you believe this year the net trawlers will slow down do to the lack of restaurants closing? One thing you can be certain of in these uncertain times – the striper migration will continue! Delaware Bay Striper Report. Keep going Fishing Reports via Links to Bait and Tackle Shops and other sources all along the striped bass migration route that provide fishing reports. Your email address will not be published. Holdover striper fishing in the Housatonic River and in Connecticut River tributaries should improve as the fish will only get more active with warming water and the arrival of river herring. The Choptank and Nanticoke rivers are the two major spawning rivers in the middle bay. Next week will be our final update to the 2020 migration map. According to my trip logs, I’ve caught copious amounts of migrating strips in water temps ranging from a high of 60-degrees down to a low of 49-degrees. Eastcoadt info does nobbody any good..unlesd thats your what your doing.. Go A big slug of 30-pound-plus stripers have moved into waters off the South Shore, outside Boston Harbor and north to the Merrimack River. The offshore migration of these fish has resulted in some very good fishing on these trips to the deeper water wrecks and rock croppings. Lots of shorts on SP’s tonight but all three keepers fell to a black @ccwnj08302 swimmer. Big bass to over 40 pounds were caught in the Cape Cod Canal this past week. The fish are under a lot of stress. Big bass are spreading throughout Long Island Sound, and stripers to 40-plus pounds are setting up on the reefs outside Narragansett Bay and around Block Island. Spawning-size, 30-pound bass have migrated north and are available pretty much from Long Island, NY to southern Maine. Fishing Reports via Links to Bait and Tackle Shops and other sources all along the striped bass migration route that provide fishing reports. The striped bass action has slowed, but anglers are still reporting some schoolie blitzes along the beaches and breachways. The arrival of the larger Stripers, those in the 28 inches and above are spawning fish, is determined by the timing of the spring spawn. 2020 Striper Migration Map. Schoolie stripers are getting active in warming inshore areas in Delaware Bay, inside New Jersey rivers, backwaters, and bays, and at the west end of Long Island. Like felt spaghetti On Long Island, big post-spawn bass to 50 pounds have spread out in Long Island Sound and along the south shore as they feed on abundant bunker (menhaden). Striped bass are moving toward spawning grounds in Chesapeake Bay tributaries, and big pre-spawn stripers have arrived in northern New Jersey. As the water cools, Stripers will begin to feel the change and start their feeding in preparation for the cooler months and the Spring spawn. Passing alphabet storm systems, prevailing winds (north winds will really accelerate the striper migration) and ambient air and sea temperatures all contribute to the equation. Deep gulp As many as 20 male Stripers surround a single female, releasing milt that will fertilize the eggs released by the female.