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New Jersey Striper
Striped Bass Fishing in the back bays, jetties, inlets and beach front all along the New Jersey Coast
More information in county links.
Monmouth County New Jersey
Middlesex County New Jersey
Atlantic County New Jersey
Cape May County
Ocean County New Jersey
Atlantic Highlands N.J.
New Jersey striped Bass fishing
New Jersey's has 83 miles of bayshores and 127 miles of Atlantic coastline.
We use the following The following acronyms for reports in our forum based in the mid atlantic region. we have many veteran surfcasters and party and charter boat as well as pleasure boaters who work up and down the new jersey coast and know just about every inch of the state. We are cognizant of the need for discretion when it comes to report chasers lurkers and googans who have no respect for the fishermen or the fishery. thiose who want to learn and become stewards of the resource are welcome to join us in our forums and the stripers 101 beginners clinic.
We refer to general areas where stripers move in and out with the tides and baitfish - and these acronyms should cover most of the state:
RB - Raritan Bay SH- Sandy Hook NoMoCo- Northern Monmouth County (Sea bright to Shark River) SoMoCo- Southern Monmouth County (Shark River to 'Squan River) NoOC - Northern Ocean County SoOC - Sourthern Ocean County IBSP-Island Beach State Park LBI- Long Beach Island AC- Atlantic County CISP- Corson's Inlet State Park CMC- Cape May County CMR- Cape May Rips DB- Delaware Bay
Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
Striped Bass Season
The striped bass begin their
annual run in early spring after spawning in the Chesapeake
Bay, The Roanoke and the Hudson and Delaware Rivers. This
usually takes place when the water temperature hits 60
degrees. Then they leave the estuaries and begin their
trek northward towards New England. Foraging all along
the New Jersey coastline and the Delaware Bay on the way.
The reverse takes place in the fall on their way back to
their wintering grounds in North Carolina .
The closed seasons for striped
bass are: January 1 through February 28 in all waters except
the Atlantic Ocean from 0-3 miles offshore; and April 1 through
May 31 in the Delaware River and its tributaries from the
Route 1 Bridge in Trenton downstream to and including the
Salem River and its tributaries. Any striped bass caught
during a closed season must be released immediately. The
possession or killing of a striped bass during a closed season
is a violation of the law and will result in prosecution.
Also note that
fishermen may possess one additional striped bass per
day under the Striped Bass Bonus Fish Program subject
to the following: 1) the angler must apply for and receive
a fish possession card in advance of attempting to take
a bonus fish; and 2) the minimum size limit for a striped
bass taken under the bonus program is 28 inches. For
more information on the bonus program, call 609-748-2020.
New Jersey Marine Weather Forecasts
Tides for New Jersey
New Jersey striped bass and fishing Regulations
Raritan Bay Stripers
New Jersey Striped Bass Fishing Reports
NJ Charter and party boat directory
New Jerseys World record striper
Al McReynolds' story
New Jerseys Freshwater Striped Bass record record
Stripers start showing in the back bays Mid March by June the spring run is in full swing. The striped bass are migrating up the coast to spawn in the hudson river around mid may when the water temps approach 60 degrees. prime water temps are 50 to 70 for stripers. The nor'east storms are what many surfcasters keep a close watch on. the jetty hoppers are out day and night. most beach rats follow the tell tale signs of birds feeding indicating a blitz of bass and or blues.
North to South New Jersey Party and charter striper fishhng boats and public access coordinates can be found at the links to the counties.
Glen Ridge/Montclair -
South Amboy - Raritan Bay
Bay Head -
Brick - Brick Beach
Harvey Cedars -
Lakewood - L
Normandy Beach -
Ocean Gate -
Ortley Beach -
Pt. Pleasant -
Pt. Pleasant Beach -
Island Beach State Park -
Ocean Bathing Pavilion #1
Atlantic City - Albany Ave
Asbury Park -
Atlantic Highlands -
Bradley Beach -
Philips Ave beach
Long Branch -
Leonardo Public Beach North;
Leonardo Public Beach South
Ideal Beach at Ocean Ave
Monmouth Beach -
Ocean Grove -
Sandy Hook -
Sea Girt -
Spring Lake -
Union Beach -
CAPE MAY COUNTY
Del Haven -
Higbee's Beach -
Ocean City -
Sea Isle City -
Stone Harbor -
NJBBA recommends anglers carry the following equipment when mobile-sport
First Aid Kit
Snatch Rope or Tow Chain
Jack with Large Support Board
Spare Tire or Equivalent
Self-Contained Toilet (where applicable)
A Coast Guard or I.C.C. Approved Fire Extinguisher
Asbury Park Press
Newark Star Ledger
New Jersey Striper Fishing Hot spots
striped bass fishing on the Delaware River in New Jersey
from the Commodore Barry Bridge (freshwater license line) to the New
York state border. Spawning takes place in the lower river up to the
Route 1 Bridge in Trenton. Boat anglers dominate the river south of
Trenton as it is wide, tidally influenced, and deep. It is believed
that the striped bass that continue to migrate farther up river are
feeding on a spawning population of river herring and American shad
that precede them. Large stripers have been caught in the Delaware
River well up into New York State. From Trenton north, wading, shoreline
fishing as well as angling from a boat are all used to pursue stripers.
Productive striper areas are the Trenton Falls, Lambertville below
the wing dam, Phillipsburg area (current and previous state record),
Foul Rift in Belvidere and the Delaware Water Gap. Striped bass fishing
usually commences around mid - May when many of the fish are caught
on surface or swimming lures in fast moving water. As the water warms
many anglers switch to live bait and fish the deeper portions of the
river. There can be hooking mortality associated with bait fishing
as many of the larger striped bass succumb to the high freshwater temperatures
and have a tendency to become hooked deeply. The use of circle hooks,
which only hooks the fish in the jaw, can significantly reduce mortality.
New York Harbor
fishing New Jersey
- Ponds lakes & Reservoirs -
New Jersey Hybrid striper fishing
New Jersey Hybrid striper fishing record
New Jersey state record Hybrid striper came out of Culver
lake in Sussex County
Lake Hopatcong and Spruce Run Reservoir
in Northern New Jersey and most recently Manasquan Reservoir
in Monmouth County started stocking programs as
word got out of the fish's fighting ability.
"It felt as if I was backing down on a
tuna," says Bill Schmidt of Branchville, who took a half
hour to land the state record 16-pound, 4-ounce hybrid bass
two summers ago in Culvers Lake. "It went on six strong
runs ... I was just lucky I had my fishing buddy with
me to row the boat after it when it took off."
Hybrids need large, clear lakes with deep
water and plenty of forage for food. Lakes with an established
trout fishery are avoided since both walleye and hybrid stripers
prey upon herring and young alewives and it is thought there
wouldn't be enough forage to support both species.
They will follow baitfish into shallower
water in the cooler months of the year but once the weather
turns, they head for cooler water at levels where the water
starts to change and seek underwater structure and dropoffs.
In the winter, they tend not to hold to structure.
Tim Clancy, the stocking
chairman for the Knee Deep Club at Lake Hopatcong,
says the club has had a sustained stocking program
in effect since 1994. "We've
gone from almost nothing to great fishing," Clancy says. "Between
the state and the club, we put in about 10,000 fingerlings
a year. "Fish in the four- to six-pound range are not
uncommon. They are a hearty, robust fish and have established
a solid foothold in the lake. We are very pleased with
the results of the stocking programs... and so are
Fingerlings in the four-
to six-inch range have proved to be the most
successful in stocking programs. The target stocking
number for each lake is 10 for each acre of water
in the lake. "We've stocked hybrids in Hopatcong
since 1984 and continue to do so today as a supplement to
what the state puts in," Clancy says. "The goal is 25,000
advanced fingerlings a year and, after the state puts
in what it can, we try to make up the rest.
"Hybrids have provided some of the most
exciting fishing on the lake ... they are the hardest fighter
pound-for-pound I've ever come across. Fish from seven to
eight pounds are not uncommon. The best time to fish is early
morning and dusk ... we've even had them come up and hit
top-water lures at night." Hybrids may be caught year
round with a creel limit of two 24-inch or longer fish.
Seaside Locations Public Piers and Charter
Boats by county
You should note that the
latitude/longitude coordinates are expressed here as degrees
Water Temperature for New Jersey
ATLANTIC SALTWATER COAST
Conversion Enter a number in either field, then
- click outside the text box, or
- press the tab key.
script converts from celcius to farhenheit and vice versa.
of U.S. Charter boats and web sites
Jersey Beach Access
is really only one beach access spot for the general public
in New jersey. And that is island beach state park. All
others require residency to access via beach buggy.
Beach State park near barnegat is open to the Public for
buggy access. Fees are collected to access.
ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK:
of operation: From weekend of May 16 to first
Sunday in October, buggy operation is limited to
Gillikens and the area from A-7 south. The park
is closed from midnight to 4 AM, but beach buggy
permit fees will be permitted to stay in the
park 24 hours per day providing that during this
period they actively fish or park in a designated
fee: Yearly fee is $195 for buggy
and driver payable by cash, personal check, or credit
card. 72-hour buggy permit is $50, which includes driver.
The total number of 72-hour permits will be limited to
50 at any one time and may not be renewed for more than
one consecutive 72-hour period. $50 yearly fee for statewide
state park pass is good for unlimited walk-on fishing
§ Permit obtained
§ Beach access
points: Areas of buggy operation include the area
from Gilliken's south to the inlet. No buggy operation
is allowed north of Gilliken's although walk-on fishermen
may fish this area through specified access points.
There are three marked access points to the beach.
Gilliken's, A-7, and A-23 for buggies.
§ Parking lots
available at: Parking is limited to two lots and
no parking is allowed along the side of the main road.
Atlantic City and Brigantine Gotbass Charters
Surfcasting clubs and organizations in NJ
New Jersey Surfcasting Clubs
Asbury Park Fishing Club
Asbury Park, NJ
The oldest saltwater fishing club in the US Est 1888
The Jersey Shore Surfcasters
Shark River Surf Anglers
Belmar New Jersey
High Mar Striper Club
Sandy Hook N.J.
Berkely Striper Club
Seaside Park, N.J.
Hudson River Fishermens association
Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
Spring Lake Live Liners
Founded in 1977 Sea Girt, N.J.
South Jersey Squid Hounds
Founded by Danny Dandorf and Doydt Ladd in the early 1950's.
Ocean City Fishing Club 14th Street & The Boardwalk Ocean City N.J. Established in 1913
Is the oldest continuously operated fishing club in the country
Bradley Beach Surf Casters Inc
Post Office box 601, Neptune, New Jersey 07753
State Striper fishing records
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