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Albany was a ghost town this afternoon. Water was 63°. Fish still seem to be stratified in the water column but no takers. Seems like it's about done up this way. Nice reports from the south. Maybe it's time to chase them.
they were catching 22-25" all day up in Troy. Deff some still here. Hoping anyway
 

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Fished 5am to noon today. Scapped up my limit quickly and got myself situated. Caught 6 or 7 nice fat ladies in the first few hours up to 39.5". I was just having a conversation with my buddy that most of my fish have been 36"+ and that I've only caught a couple slot fish this run ...I jinxed myself because later in the am the dinks showed up in full force lol. Eveyone was slamming fish this am but the little bastards were relentlessly killing every live herring that was tossed out there. Had to adapt and switch to chunk and whole dead. Countless run n drops on the whole dead... but I spanked a few. All together I ended the day putting 15 in the boat.

So far I've topped my PBs for most in a day and most in a season. I have one goal left.. to pass the 42" mark on my bump board. Back at it in the am.
 

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More fish have moved into the Milton stretch south of the Mid Hudson Bridge. Every male we caught today was spawned out and not producing any milt like this past weekend. These fish that have spawned are definitely moving south and out but some new schools have arrived in Newburgh as of yesterday. Today was a beautiful day but there was not lights out fishing...it was just steady fish every hour and we managed 49 fish up to 34 inches. We marked an humongous school of Herring moving south at IBM east shore this evening. Water temps hit 60 today in Milton.
 

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Very quick am trip with my son(5-7am). Was only able to scap two herring and forgot my frozen. The dinks are still around in force. We probably had a dozen run and drops. Finally got a solid run and my kid boated a hefty 35". Hoping the good fishing continues for another week.
 

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Fished Troy today low tide to high, 12 noon to 4:30. Nothing at the dam, relocated to downtown, 3 on live mid 20 inches. Haven't got a hit on a chunk all year. Here is the 24".
 

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Here is the 25" from today. The new Rolling Stones song, Living In a Ghost Town, is playing on the radio. They may make me mute the audio, so listen and watch while you can.
 

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The water temps in Milton today hit 60 and the fish were definitely more aggressive on the hit Again it was loaded from the MHB down past the Canoe Club. We ended up with 58 including 5 over 35 inches. These big ones were pale males meaning they have been in fresh water a while. I talked my wife into going out and she ends up with a 34 and 36.5 so now she is hooked. The seemed to be hitting more in the 24" deep range and we caught many down as low at 30. This is unusual because in prior years the feeding zone has been 15-18 but it looks like the thermocline has moved down to the 24 foot zone. Water temps ranged from 58.6 to a high of 60. I think based on how these males were acting we are gonna see a big spawn from Milton to Newburgh in the next few days.
 

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How long do the post spawn fish hang around? Here today gone tomorrow? Do they slowly return or travel miles a day? Is the post spawn bite any good? I’ve never tried to extend my season past the sight of empty boat launch parking lots.
 

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DOC Z:
" I talked my wife into going out and she ends up with a 34 and 36.5 so now she is hooked."

A decision you might live to regret.
LOL.
 

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Today was another great day and the fish were loaded from Roger's Point to Trap Rock traveling the east edge of the channel and they were hungry too. Unlike yesterday many of the males still had plenty of milt today and are searching for females. The bite was best the first half of flood then slowed and for the first time picked up again during the Ebb tide and continued into slack then flood again. These fish are feasting before they make the journey to sea. I think we have another solid 2 weeks at least and maybe more as there has not been a major spawn between Newburgh and Marlboro yet. It seems like they are staging to do this in the next day or so. We ended up with 78 for the day up to 30 inches and they were very aggressive on the hit..sometimes coming up and out of the water. Water temps were 60-61 up by Roger's point and 59-60 in Milton. The South wind kicked this afternoon making it a bit difficult to present bait. We broke 1000 fish for the season today and are ahead of last year.......I said for sure last year I would never be able to break my season record of 1278 which I'm pretty sure we will do again this year.
 

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We fished Sat to Monday and the bite is still very good but definitely slowing a bit. As I suspected there was a massive spawn in the Poughkeepsie to Milton stretch. The morning Ebb bite has picked up significantly and the Flood bite is slowing which is what typically happens as the fish begin to move south. There has been a steady flow of fish in the channel from Rogers all the way down to Marlboro but for some reason the scatter in Marlboro Bay and the bite has not been what it use to be in past years. Saturday's overcast/rainy weather helped the bite and the fish were pretty aggressive. Sunday morning at first light the bite was on fire under the MHB and these fish progressively moved down the channel through Milton and down to the Wappinger's creek area Monday where the bite was insane for a short time from Slack into flood then they left fast. We moved back up to Milton and drifted up to the MHB where we stalled for 2 1/2 hours due to slack tide then the S wind not allowing much of an Ebb flow and the fishing was insane again as fish poured in from the north. These post spawn fish are much more aggressive and looking to feed. My buddies who were short on worms were killing them on small pieces of blood worms. Water temps went from 59 to 63 over the weekend then Monday night they were back down to 60 in Milton. There are lots of fish that will be coming south and I think the bite will continue until the 2nd week of June as this rate unless something drastic happens to water temps and they vacate fast. We crushed our last year's total this past weekend which is something I thought would never be possible since last year was such a stellar year...........well....so is this year.
 

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Yesterday was another good day. We picked at the fish all day as there was a steady flow in the channel in Milton. Around 9pm it lit it up and we couldn't keep an eel in the water. The bite was best at first light from the end of flood tide into slack and slowed down during the day on the ebb tide but it was a steady pick. It absolutely lit up again during the evening slack into ebb tide and this time there were tons of schools on the west side moving south. There is definitely a mass exodus of fish moving south and out now but the fishing is still good. My buddy went out at dusk in Marlboro bay and caught them on night crawlers because he had no bloodworms. During the day we checked the river all the way up to Esopus Island in the afternoon and there were no fish from Poughkeepsie to Esopus. Most seemed to be concentrated in the Milton area. I saw some spawning there in the am and there was a ton of spawning in Marlboro the night before. Water temps started around 62 in the am and went up to 65 at night.
 

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Don't feel bad....that's not a school of stripers....its a traveling school of herring....you could have dropped a sabiki rig in it and found out. Striper schools are not that tight.
 

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The Striper are definitely exiting the river fast but they are still here. The first sunrise bite is when they are feeding. Throughout the day there are pods of fish coming by on the West side but they are not very hungry. Their prime goal is to travel and they will feed mostly from the end of Flood tide into slack. They seen too tired to chase any food when the current gets going. There are also lots of Stripers on the channel floor traveling south. We fished from Milton to south of Cornwall. Newburgh Bay was pretty empty most of the day and was rough with 3-4 foot waves from the South wind. Most of our fish today were small.........even got a bunch of 10 in Stripers that could barely fit a 5-0 hook in their mouth. Thunderstorms pushed us off the river before the night bite which I suspect would have been good. Water temps were a consistent 64 degrees. I am rethinking the importance of water temps in their migratory pattern and leaning more toward the calendar as being the prime driving force. Bass love 62-64 degree water which is the best temps for spawning but this year they got it done before the river hit those temps and starting booking south like clockwork at the end of the month. Looking at my records...no matter what the temps/weather or moon phases were these fish always do the same thing the end of May......Leave. We will be back out tomorrow. There are still plenty of big fish up North that are migrating south and I hope to intercept them but fishing from here on will be spotty...if you are luck to hit a feeding school on the way out you will crush them....but most of the days will be slow.
 
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