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Fishing New York for stripers

Three species of true or temperate bass and one hybrid are found in New York's waters: striped bass, white perch, white bass, and hybrid bass.

Striped bass are very important sport and commercial fish in the United States. Their speed, power, and large size makes them one of the most exciting sportfish. Known as New York's accessible giant, striped bass in the 50+ pound range are taken every year.

Striped bass or "stripers" are the largest of New York's temperate basses. They are easily distinguished by the seven to nine dark horizontal lines found along their sides, two to three of which extend from the head to the base of the tail. Unlike white bass or white perch, stripers have a streamlined body shape, with the depth of the body generally less than the head length. In addition, striped bass have two patches of teeth on the tongue.

Striped bass are found in both fresh and saltwater. They generally occur around rocks and wrecks in nearshore waters, rivers and large reservoirs. In New York State, they are found seasonally in the tidal portion of the Hudson River and coastal waters around Long Island.

The first thing we talk about in New York when it comes to striped bass fishing is Montauk Point on the eastern tip of long Island. Montauk is the surf fishing capitol of the United states. Legions of unwashed and unshaved fishermen make a biannual sojourn to the quite exclusive Hampton Bays along route 27 during the spring and fall Migrations. These same fishermen many of them world class - brave the elements and some of the most brutalizing and harsh conditions anywhere at a chance for a trophy striped bass. The locals don't understand the mindset of the striper fishermen but tolerate and even admire their tenacity and of course appreciate the revenue they generate for the local economy.

Then of course the great fishing along the long island sound to the north end and on the southern end the Atlantic ocean. The Long island sound which separates the state of Connecticut with New York along the entire length of long island where the western sound enters the Hudson River. This the Hudson river is a one of the three major spawning centers for the striped bass that arrive like clockwork on the moon tides in late April and May. Spawning occurs when the water temp reaches an optimal 60 degrees. The smaller bulls arrive in the river first and then the cows will enter the river en mass. Striped bass are anadromous, migrating to freshwater from the sea to spawn. 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.

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The Entire Raritan Bay estuary and Jamaica Bays are filled with migrating bass. It is also home to resident fish that live here year round but the majority will be migrational fish traveling northward on their journey to follow the baitfish that is necessary for them to grow to their enormous sizes. This is encoded in their DNA. In saltwater, boat anglers catch the most stripers by trolling or controlled drifting using large plugs or spoons or fresh cut bait or eels. For surf fishing along Long Island, casting plugs, spoons or jigs may produce good catches. Surf casters should fish on a moving tide.

We will start in the southernmost point of New York state which is Tottenville Staten Island. This is a Neil Mackellow cast across the Arthur Kill River to Perth Amboy New jersey. We will discuss more on Staten Island fishing on the staten island section of the site.

As we head west along Staten Islands shore we are in the Raritan bays two deep channels. Both the Ambrose chanel and the Raritan Reach have an average depth of approximately 45 feet and drop to 70 feet in some areas. Beneath the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge is the deepest point in the Hudson Drainage system. This area is also the Entrance to New York City Harbor that was at one time guarded by Fort Hamilton on the Brooklyn side and Fort Wadsworth on the Staten island side. The Fort Wadsworth area is now managed by gateway national recreation area and a permit is required to fish from dusk till dawn. The island beaches are bathing beaches that lack structure and access for the most part but the public beach at south beach has a fishing pier, bogs, old pilings, slight man made groins and some appreciable rock formations that take some walking and reconosance work for the hard core surfcaster. The Great Kills Harbor and the public piers at the Ferry,South Beach and the Sharrots Road on the South Shore see the heaviest fishing pressure from the general public.

New York State Striper fishing regulations

Look below for links to the Hudson River and the New York Striper Fishing Charter Boats.

Also check out the up to date fishing reports from New York fishing at

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Long Island stripers

  1. Montauk Long Island (The Mecca)
  2. Suffolk County Long Island New York
  3. Nassau County Long Island New York
  4. Hudson River Stripers New York
  5. Delaware River at Calicoon, Narrowsburgh and Port Jarvis New York
  6. Brooklyn New York
  7. Queens New York
  8. Staten Island New York
  9. Jamaica Bay New York

New York State Striped Bass Fishing Records

Marine Striped Bass 76 Lbs. Bob Rocchetta, East Setauket, NY 07/17/81

Inland New York State Striper Record

55 pounds 6 ounces lbs. Ian Kiraly Hudson River, of Walton New York County Troller with 6" lure - South of Kingston/Rhinecliff Bridge 24' - 26' 5/9/2008 Took about 30 - 45 minutes to boat.

Previous record holder was Dan Mangold Ulster County Cut Herring 05/09/03

Hybrid Striped Bass 11 lbs. 2 oz. George C. Harris Lake Waccabuc Westchester County 08/26/00

Striped Bass fishing forum and reports for New York

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Striped bass are a favorite of many New York anglers. Since stripers are know to occur around rocky areas near jetties and dropoffs where there is some current or turbulence, anglers should concentrate their efforts there. Many of these areas can be found by studying a good set of navigation charts. Best fishing is around high tide in the evening, at night, or on overcast days.

Anglers use a variety of methods and tackle to catch these incredible fighters. On the Hudson River, striped bass fishing is best during the spring spawning run from March to June. 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.

Stripers are migratory fish. In the ocean, they move north in the summer and south in the fall and winter. Striped bass found along the mid-Atlantic coast are produced in the Hudson and Delaware rivers, the Chesapeake Bay system, and the Roanoke River. Hudson River striped bass are most commonly found between New Jersey and Cape Cod. However, they can travel as far away as North Carolina and Nova Scotia.

Striped bass vary considerably in size, ranging from 18 to 55 inches in length and three to 70 pounds in weight. They are slow to mature and are long lived. In New York, female stripers do not mature until five to eight years old and fish 25 years old have been caught in the Hudson River.

Smaller striped bass in the ten to 20 pound range generally travel in large schools. Older and larger fish are usually in small "pods" of only a few fish. Adult striped bass are voracious feeders, primarily eating fish and invertebrates, especially crabs and squid.

Striped bass have been a valuable commercial fish species in New York. Unfortunately, striped bass from New York were found to contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Levels were highest in bass from the Hudson River and in 1976, the state banned their sale. PCB levels have dropped significantly since then, but remain above the federal action level of two ppm. The presence of PCBs also led to a ban in the 1980s on the sale of striped bass from the marine waters around Long Island. This has been partially lifted and a limited fall commercial fishery is now permitted.

Hybrid Bass

Hybrid bass are a cross between striped bass and white bass. They were originally developed to provide large sportfish that have the fighting quality of striped bass and feed on open water prey fish. Hybrid bass are stocked in waters with large populations of forage fishes and do not appear to compete with sunfishes or black bass. Hybrid bass are stocked in three waters in New York State: Whitney Point Reservoir in Broome County, Swinging Bridge Reservoir in Sullivan County, and Fort Pond in Suffolk County.

New York states DEC list of fish harcheries in New York and surrounding areas.

Hybrid bass are similar in appearance to both parents. They have two patches of teeth on their tongues like striped bass, but are deep-bodied like white bass. The dark stripes found on hybrid bass are usually broken into short dashes.

Hybrid bass are most often produced from a female striped bass and a male white bass. The young grow well in the hatchery and are usually stocked in the fall as fingerlings.

Hybrid bass are fast growers. In New York, hybrids reach eight inches in length in the first year and are double that by age three. Adult hybrid bass feed in open waters and primarily eat forage fish, such as alewife and gizzard shad.

Hybrid bass are popular sportfish. They are hard fighting and good eating. Anglers use the same fishing methods as those for white bass.

The future of hybrid bass in New York is uncertain. Although the fish are doing well in the state's waters, anglers have not learned how to catch them consistently. Hybrids also have shown the trait of moving downstream from reservoirs into waters where they may not be wanted. However, hybrid bass have only been in New York for a short time (since the 1980s) and they may prove to be an exciting addition to the state's fisheries.

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The National Park service

Gateway NRA is a 26,000 acre recreation area located in the heart of the New York metropolitan area. The park extends through three New York City boroughs and into northern New Jersey.


Parking Fee Details: GATEWAY HAS NO ENTRANCE FEES. However, Beach Parking Fees are charged at Sandy Hook and Jacob Riis Park during the summer. Annual passes are available for Sandy Hook.


Fishing Permit Fees:

$50 - Annual (recently raised)

Details: There are fees for parking in fishing lots at all Gateway sites. Permits are available at Gateway Visitor Centers/Ranger Stations.

Public Affairs Office
(718) 354-4606 Jamaica Bay Unit
(718) 338-3799
(718) 354-4500 Staten Island Unit

Sandy Hook Unit
(732) 872-5970

You can Also purchase a yearly National parkpass for $50. that allows you access to any National park that requires an entry fee. You can purchase one online at their web site.

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