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Current New york State inland striper record - Hudson River -
Ian Kiraly of Walton, New York
Weighed in a female striped bass that was certified by Certified Marine Service and DEC, Delaware County. DEC New Paltz was also notified and supplied the State Form for certification.

55 lb. 6 oz. 49 3/8" length 32" girth
Troller with 6" lure - South of Kingston/Rhinecliff Bridge 24' - 26'
Took about 30 - 45 minutes to boat.

Click on the link for picture previous hudson striper record:
Dan Mangold 55 lbs Ulster County Cut Herring 5/09/03

Another Older Striper Record:
James VanDyke 54 lbs. 6 ozs.
Length 50" and Girth 31"

Caught on May 9, 2000
Live herring by the Rhincliff Bridge from the Hudson river shore.

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The Hudson Raritan Basin: An area of 42,000 square kilometers with a population of fifteen million

* The Hudson is 325 miles long from its source on the slopes of Mt. Marcy in the Adirondack Mountains to the Verrazano Narrows, which separate New York City's upper and lower bays. It drains an area of over 13,000 square miles, a relatively small area when compared to other North American rivers. The Hudson's underwater canyon extends an additional 569 miles offshore into the Atlantic Ocean. Ocean tides extend upriver as far as the falls and Federal Lock at Troy (157 miles). Salt water typically extends as far north as Newburgh, with brackish water found as far north as Poughkeepsie and Hyde Park. This salt line moves up or down stream depending upon the amount of freshwater run-off. In years of heavy spring rains, with a lot of run-off from snow in the mountains, fresh water has extended as far south as New York City's Battery. The saltwater wedge, due to salt water's greater density, extends northward beneath the fresh water. The river's greatest depths, over 200 feet, are found in the vicinity of West Point where the river narrows to .3 of a mile. Great depths are also found at Bear Mountain Bridge (165 feet) and Crum Elbow (139 feet) between Poughkeepsie and Hyde Park. As one travels from the sea to the mountains, the river takes on many different characteristics. Separated by the Narrows , the Lower and Upper Bays, which form New York Harbor , are broad, busy - sometimes to the point of being chaotic - and have good depths. North from the harbor, the river narrows between the Skyscrapers of New York City and the Palisades of New Jersey. In the Tappan Zee it widens to over 2 miles, followed by the even wider (3 miles) but shallower Haverstraw Bay . At the northern end of Haverstraw Bay, the river narrows to .3 miles as it flows through the Highlands , defined by Bear and Storm King Mountains, each rising to over 1300 feet on the western shore. In Newburgh Bay the river first widens to over a mile and then narrows to .5 mile with generally good depths continuing to Rondout Creek , the first of three larger tributaries that enter from the west. From Rondout north, there are increasing numbers of sandbars, islands, and marshes. The channel, often dredged, must be followed closely. The Port of Albany begins five miles south of Albany, with a noticeably industrial flavor. Between Albany and Troy the river is closely confined between narrow banks and clearance is limited by numerous bridges.

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The lower part of the river near Manhattan is a tidal estuary, with strong tides making parts of New York Harbor difficult and dangerous to navigate. These fish usually start showing up anywhere from the end of March to the middle of April and will remain in the river until the first week of June. Spawning takes place in the Hudson River estuary in May and early June. Stripers broadcast their eggs near the surface over deep water that has some current or turbulence. The semi-buoyant eggs drift with the current and hatch in two to four days. By early summer, young striped bass move to shallow water nursery areas of Haverstraw Bay and the Tappan Zee. In early fall, they begin to move out of the estuary to nearshore coastal areas. Adult stripers leave the estuary right after spawning and join other striped bass migrating along the Atlantic Coast. During the early spring, when water temperatures are cooler (about 50 degrees Fahrenheit) and the bass are less active, bottom fishing on slow drifts with blood worms provides some success. As the water warms up (above 56 degrees Fahrenheit), trolling with lures such as jointed plugs or bait is the most effective method for catching Hudson River stripers. Although boat fishing provides the best catches, shore anglers also take their share of fish. Jigs and plugs retrieved on a fast cast may catch a striper warming itself in shallow water areas during high tides. Striper fishing in the Hudson River is best experienced in the spring when the stripers enter the waterway to spawn. The majority of them are large pre-spawn females.They feed on Blueback Herring and American Shad. Increasing numbers of fly anglers are fishing for stripers in the Hudson. Charter boat captains work the Hudson from Albany to Kingston for stripers the last week of April until June then again in September through November. The Lower portion of the River Below the George Washington Bridge provides oportunities for shore fishermen all the way down through Manhattan into the Lower New York Bay. There is an indigenous population in the river that to does not migrate south to the North Carolina striped bass wintering grounds. An important reason for the seasonal migration is the teeming abundence of food for the striped bass in North Carolina. Stock assessment biologists are learning through tagging studies that there is a population in the Hudson river that stays year round

On to the Hot Spots

West Point to Kingston: Shoreline anglers will find excellent fishing at the docks located in Cold Spring Harbor, just off Route 9D in Putnam County. Located directly across the river from West Point, this area provides very good access and parking. The most consistent anglers find that using live bloodworms draws the best action during early April through May. Fish bloodworms suspended 1½ to 2 feet off the bottom. Cornwall Bay is another great location for shore fishing. Bloodworms or live herring suspended off the bottom are top choices among local anglers. You can access this area via Shore Road.

The best fishing access starts on the south end of Shore Road in Cornwall-on-Hudson.

Kingston to Saugerties: This is classic boating water and provides some of the best striper action in the Hudson. In general, the best bets are the deeper waters in the main river. Any shoal areas are very productive and have good concentrations of fish. If you're looking for a good place to anchor the boat and fish cut bunker or live herring, try the west channel above and below the Kingston-Rhinecliff bridge. It's a top choice for good reason: very large concentrations of stripers are found in this section each year, especially during May.

NewBurgh bay is another hot spot for boaters, just look for the flotilla of boats. The mouth of the Rondout Creek, just south of Kingston Point, has the steep drop-offs spawning stripers look for. Trolling bloodworms during lower tide and drifting with live herring during a rising tide are keys to productive fishing. Trolling anglers will find the waters from Tyler Point to Turkey Point, just north of Ulster Landing, best bets for May stripers Fishing Season .

Fish travel in schools comprised of similar sized fish (cohorts). The schools start to arrive from as early as April each season, and they usually include fish that originate from the Hudson River. Fish from the Chesapeake Bay arrive around mid-May each year. The height of the fishing season occurs in June, followed by a gradual tapering off. The fall migration starts in mid-September and the best fishing for this second run is in October or November. There are many good fishing sites with public access for catching striped bass and you should ask your local Bait & Tackle store to provide recommendations about where to go. For those wishing to launch their boat with no need for any slip, consider the new boat ramp at the Rockland County Haverstraw Bay Park. They will have staff available during the days of the tournament from 6:00 am to Sunset. The Launch fee is $10.00. No over-night parking or slips are available. Directions are from 9W, East on Railroad Ave.(County Rd. 94) to Grassy Point Rd. Make a Right and another Right on Gagen Road

Mills-Norrie State Park is actually two connecting state parks -- Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park and Ogden & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park. The 988-acre parcel is bounded on the west by the Hudson River. This state park is located 5 miles north of Hyde Park along SR 9. Travel the NYS Thruway (I-87), take the Kingston Exit, Route 199 east to Route 9G south, Route 9 south through Rhinebeck to Staatsburg.


When, where, how of Hudson striper angling
By John Haughey

Fishing and Hunting News

HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. - The novelty has faded but not the appreciation. When the Hudson River striped bass season opened March 16, anglers were no longer content to witness one of the world's most remarkable environmental rebounds. They've seen. They believe. For fishermen, keeping the faith now means finding answers to more common, but vexing, concerns: When? Where? How?


This angler braved the chill and chop of the Hudson to catch a striper last spring.

The best way to describe the Hudson's striper migration is not as a run, but as a series of dashes.

When conditions are good - consecutive days of mild weather - they'll move. When conditions are poor, they'll hunker down.

A myriad of factors influences this. In early spring, runoff from the Hudson's 14,000-mile watershed generates current to induce fish.

It will also funnel cold water into the river so furiously, fish will shy from tributary mouths or hold until a warming trend gets them moving.

A "normal spring" progression is, by late March, early spawners are nosing into the lower river where anglers often catch them above the George Washington Bridge off Palisades Interstate Park, Piermont, and in Tappan Zee.

By early April, they're off Croton Point and in Haverstraw Bay. By mid-April, they're off Cornwall and Newburgh.

Spawners are usually in Kingston and Catskill by mid-April, and by month's end, they've arrived at the tip of the Hudson's 152-mile tidal estuary, Federal Dam in Troy.

In May, the run peaks riverwide, with anglers catching inbound fish and postspawners from Manhattan's Battery Park to Albany.

Now: Name one "normal spring." Betcha can't do it.

What: Annual Hudson River striped bass spawn run begins as early as late March, ends as late as mid-June. Usually peaks in May. Anglers occasionally can catch fish over 40 pounds with 25-pounders common.Regulations: Season - March 16-Nov. 30. Minimum size - 18 inches. Daily bag - one. A fishing license is not required on the Hudson, although it is on tributaries. Regulations only apply to waters above GWB.

State office: DEC's Hudson River Fisheries Unit in New Paltz, (845) 256-3072.

Hotlines: Region 3: (845) 256-3161; 900-Striper (845) 739-1338, March through June. Advisory: Due to potential PCB contamination, there are health warnings on eating Hudson stripers: Catskill to NYC: No more than one meal per month.Falls to Catskill: Eat none. Women of child-bearing age, children under 15: Eat none.


Look for structure near moving water. Some spots produce better on incoming tides, others on outgoing.

Determine current direction and how it relates to the bottom. Easier said than done on the Hudson, which often flows both ways.

In fact, the river's Indian name is Muhekannuk, or great waters that flow in both directions. To pinpoint hot spots, get a tidal chart and current chart, such as those available at Haverstraw Marina (914-429-0404).

Fishing tails off on slack tides. Low-light conditions are best.

In March, best areas are along the lower river's west side from GWB to Piermont. This stretch is shallow and warms fast.

There is good access to the New Jersey shoreline along Palisades Interstate Park's shore trail.

Other good areas include Piermont Pier and around Tappan Zee Bridge.

Croton and Haverstraw bays are usually productive by early April, especially around the Indian Point nuclear power plant's warm-water outflow north of Croton.

Most early-season fish are schoolies, year-round residents up to 8 pounds, but Croton Bay is usually the first area to see big spawners.

Fish don't spawn here because water is too salty, but the bay's mudflats provide a warm area to feast on herring, which precede stripers upriver.

Good shorecasting areas include Croton Point Park Beach and a mile-long span north of Croton Yacht Club owned by the village of Croton.

Upriver and on the west shoreline, bankfishing is accessible from Nyack Beach State Park (845-786-2701) and the state access on Rt. 9W below Bear Mountain Bridge.

Stripers spawn anywhere above Bear Mountain Bridge, primarily in the Newburgh Bay area and the waters south of Kingston through Catskill.

Prime spawning habitat are gravel bottoms on flats. Allow stripers to spawn in peace. Target nearby rocky areas where postspawners and males feed.

Good midriver shorecasting areas include Plum Point Park in Newburgh, Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, Mills-Norrie State Park, Denning Point, Esopus Meadows, the mouths of Rondout, Esopus, and Catskill creeks, and Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge.

Also: Bristol Beach State Park, an undeveloped park with unmarked access near West Camp, 5 miles south of Catskill off Rt. 9W; village of Catskill ramp on high tides; and Hudson Highlands State Park launch in Coxsackie.


Considering how limited shore access is, it's best to secure or charter a boat if possible.

However, if you are shorebound, fish piers, bulkheads, and rocky areas. At night, cast beyond pier-light glare.

Target areas as shallow as 5 feet on rising tides. Boaters can still-fish or troll. Trollers can flatline or downrig.

A common downrig arrangement is clown-colored No. 13 Rapalas or Yo-Zuris run 20 feet behind the boat between 15 to 30 feet deep, at 2.3 to 2.6 mph.

Another advantage to boating is access to "suckholes" behind east bank rail lines. These are tidal basins isolated from the river by the railbed at low tides.

During high tide, baitfish and stripers move into these lagoons. Fish these water, as fish drain from them on dropping tides.

Best baits vary. Early, bloodworms and sandworms, threaded and dangling on hooks, are effective.

Later in spring, live eels hooked through the lip and swum freely do better.

Fish worms and eels on incoming tides along the bottom. Whole or chunk herring and bunker also catch stripers.

Many drift whole or 2-inch chunks of herring on 2-ounce slip sinkers with a swivel, a 3-foot leader, and a 5/0 hook.

Lures, such as troll plugs like large Rapalas, are good, especially later in spring.

Other good lures include Yo-Zuris, Striper Striper Swipers, and Bombers. Early on, small bucktails often work.

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Written by member RJC - Bob Creedon

The earliest striped bass caught 120 miles up river from the Battery has been in the first week of April.

Tom Gentalen at the River Basin has been keeping records of striped bass caught between Kingston and Albany for over 20 years and the first week of April at the mouth of Catskill Creek, Catskill, NY seems to be the usual time for the scouts to show up.

The fish begin to feed at temperatures over 50 degrees and the closer to 65 degrees the river gets the more fish will feed.

The first wave is entering the river now and new schools and pods of mature striped bass will continue to enter the Hudson as we progress toward May.

The major spawning activity does kick in May through out the River. They spawn as far north as the Troy Dam and usually do it at night or on misty, over cast days.

The fish that are entering now will move to the part of the river they are comfortable with and hang out until the water temperature is near 65 degrees. That triggers the spawning urge and ensures the eggs will have a chance to survive.

If eggs are spawned in cooler water and a cold front comes in the next 24 to 48 hours it will kill the eggs.

Think of the Hudson River in its physical sense. It is a vertical column of water.

Bait fish like shad and herring swim in the top 12 feet of that column.

Male striped bass swim in the middle of the column, usually below the top 12 feet. They feed in the top 12 but cruise and rest in the water below that. That is why you normally catch male fish while trolling.

As a kid I pulled shad nets and those poles you see crossing the Tappan ZeeBridge target the top 12 feet to catch Shad. Herring are small enough to swim threw the netting.

Lady striped bass, heavy with eggs move up the river following the contours of the river in shallow areas and in deeper channels they will stay close to 30 feet in depth.

When they sense water temperatures are right for spawning a single large female will rise up and move through the male portion of the column. She picks up escorts as she rises. The males are attracted to any female who is ready to begin to procreate.

As she begins to push her eggs out, the males start poking her with their snouts to help push eggs into play. At the same time, they are hitting the females sides they are releasing clouds of milt to fertilize the eggs.

This poking activity causes the female to begin rolling over to avoid the pokes and it creates bath tub size swirls in the river. This activity brings more and more fertile females to the surface and more and more males get into the act.

I have seen a couple of acres of the Hudson agitated like water in a washing machine. This mixing of the eggs and milt spreads the eggs and the milt far and wide.

It is nature's way of insuring most of the eggs are exposed to the milt.

Spawning activity usually occurs in slack or near slack tides. The eggs are neutral buoyant and float below the surface and are moved back and forth thru several tidal cycles. If the water remains near 65 degrees and above we have a Class year on its way.

The Kathy Hattila NY State biologist said that there is a small spawning group of fish at the mouth of the Croton River, south of Croton Point. The CrotonRiver pumps a lot of fresh water into the Hudson in that shallow bay and it dilutes the salt water to a point it is a small but viable spawning area.

I grew up in that neighborhood and we used to watch spawning activity in the lower Croton Basin east of the Route 9 Bridge, and between that bridge and the Harmon Yards railroad bridge.

If you fly fish and kayak paddle out and look for bait breaking, you will get striped bass on Clouser's and half and half's in Chartreuse and White more often than not.

Good luck!

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Who to call for striper information on the Hudson river

Certified Marine Service, Inc.
166 First Street, Connelly, NY 12417

The shop has the only certified scale on the Hudson River within a 25 mile radius of the Rondout Creek. They have also weighed in the last two striped bass record holders. They are open 7 days a week, sell live, iced and frozen herring, plus bloods, sands, worms and tackle. Launch ramp, ice, fish cleaning stations, engine repairs, small bar n' cafe'.

Lower Hudson:

Buchanan Sports

Bedford Sportsman, Inc.
Bedford Hills

Al's Tackle Shop

Ceely's Bait Bucket
New Windsor

Davis Sports Shop

Matt's Sporting Goods

O&H Bait Shop


River Basin Sport Shop

Fisherman's World
Wappingers Falls

Sunset Sports Shop
New Paltz

Dick's Sporting Goods

Upper Hudson:

Nichols Live Bait Shop

Keith's Bait & Tackle

Albany Sports

Hudson river striped Bass fishing Charters

Hudson river striped bass fishing Guides guides:

Capt. Matt Devito Troy to Catskill

Capt Peter Kane (845-255-5407;, New Paltz

Capt. Brian Dawson (845-735-2185; Pearl River

Capt. Tony DiLernia (212-529-6910; Rocket Charters Manhattan

Capt. Grant Scott (570-223-9836)

Ray Ottulich Fly Fishing Guide(845-687-0869), Stone Ridge

Don Wood (518-434-1133), Glenmont

Getaway Charters (914-423-3474), Yonkers

Klondike Fishing Corp. (914-738-4593), Pelham

Northstar Charter (914-741-1354), Pleasantville

Hookher Charters (914-795-2620), Tarrytown

Hook-em Charters (914-426-3647), Piermont

Capt. Pete Schuman (518-283-5920), Rondout

Capt. Gerald Hempstead (518-827-5180)

Capt'n Jim's Charters, (845-331-8036), Kingston

Hudson River Guide Service (518-943-2686), Catskill

Hudson River Sport Fishing (518-828-7302), Greene County

Rip Van Winkle Outfitters (518-589-5541), Tannersville

Westwind Charters, Inc. (518-436-6506), Albany

Ace Charters

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Capt. Jimmy Samia Charter fishing the Hudson river. Coeyman's landing 10 miles south of Albany N.Y.

Shore access brochure

The Hudson River Fisherman's Association's New Jersey Chapter produces a brochure listing 28 Hudson River shoreline fishing sites from Jersey City to Piermont. It is available at HRFANJ's monthly meetings for $4 or via the group's Web site ( for $5. For more information, write Hudson River Fishermen's Association New Jersey Chapter, P.O. Box 421, Cresskill, N.J. 07626, or email.

If you catch a tagged fish be sure to record the following information:

The tag number The date the fish was caught The specific location where you caught the fish, for instance, "In Rondout Creek near Lou's Boat Basin." If fishing out on the main Hudson River, you can identify location by using daymarkers, buoys, a bridge, points of land, a bay location (as listed on the NOAA navigation charts of the Hudson), a town, or other prominent geographic features. The estimated size and/or weight of the fish.

Also include with the above information your name, address (street, city, state and zip) and a phone number where you can be reached during the day and the evening.

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If you catch a largemouth or smallmouth bass , please send the information listed above to the NYSDEC, either by e-mail, or by regular mail. Address the regular mail to Mike Flaherty, NYSDEC, 21 S. Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561. A sample of the tag is shown on the right. If you catch a striped bass , please send all of the information listed above. Also, note the color and the location of the tag on the body of the fish. That will tell you how to report the details about the fish you caught. Below, a striped bass tagged in the belly with a pink USFWS tag.

Tags on striped bass - PINK TAG IN BELLY(shown below): The tag legend will have the tag number, USFWS (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), and 1-800-448-8322. Call the phone number toll free to report the catch information for your fish.

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YELLOW TAG IN BELLY: The tag legend will have the tag number, $5-$1000, and an address: HRF, P.O. Box 1731, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163. Mail the catch information to that address.

YELLOW TAG BEFORE TAIL: The tag legend will have the tag number, ALS, Highlands, NJ 07732. Mail the catch information to the address.

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Fishing is permitted in select areas along the Hudson River including under the George Washington Bridge at W. 179th St., West 96th Street to West 79th Street, Pier 45 and Pier 25, as well as Wagner Park in Battery Park City


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Check back for continuing updates. River Basin Sports. situated at 66 West Bridge Street in Catskill, New York, has an Annual Striped Bass Contest ".The contest runs from mid April thru May.

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From the Mouth of the Hudson River to Albany

East side of the river
West Side of Manhattan - Riverside drive - GWB -Yonkers - Dobbs Ferry - Tarrytown - Ossining - Croton - Peekskill - Garrison - Cold springs - Beacon - Poughkeepsie - Hyde park - Staatsburg - Barrytown - Tivoli - Germantown - New Baltimore - Coeymans - Castleton - Albany -Troy

West side of the river
Jersey City - Hoboken - Weehawken - Fort lee - Highland falls - Englewood - Palisades - Piermont - Nyack - Haverstraw - Tomkins Cove - Bear Mountain - West Point - Cornwall - Newburgh - Saugerties - Catskill - Athens - Coxsackie - Ravena - Watervliet


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NOAA charts 12343, 12347, 12348, New York to Troy

A resource for on line maps of the Hudson is a web site called Bike the Hudson Valley. It will give you a general Idea of the geography of the river, road routes and and its nearby towns

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