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Striped Bass

Striped bass are an ecologically, recreationally, and economically important species of migratory fish that is found in the Hudson River. Adults spend most of their time in coastal waters and return to the fresh water of the Hudson River each spring to spawn before returning back to ocean waters. The Hudson River acts as a nursery for the newly hatched young-of-year bass and in early fall they begin moving out of the estuary into near shore coastal areas.

Current Fishery


Striped bass are cooperatively managed along the Atlantic coast by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Along with other states, New York has required regulatory measures that include monitoring programs, recreational and commercial minimum size limits, recreational creel limits, and commercial quotas to manage and evaluate the condition of the striped bass stock.

Monitoring Programs

Spawning Stock Survey

A 500 foot haul seine as well as an electrofishing boat is used from April to June to catch spawning striped bass. Lengths, weights, and scale samples for aging are collected from the fish before being tagged and returned to the river.

Beach Seine Survey

A 200 foot seine is used from July through November to catch newly hatched striped bass. The fish are counted and measured and average catch rates are calculated. See a graph of annual catch rates of young of the year striped bass.

Hudson River Striped Bass Cooperative Angler Program

If you fish for striped bass in the Hudson River, you can help in learning about and managing this important species!

New York State is required by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, an interstate cooperative fishery management agency, to provide information from our recreational fishery in order to keep our fishery open. We both satisfy this requirement and learn more about the recreational fishery with the help of volunteer recreational anglers.

Here's how it works:

  • We provide you with a logbook and instructions
  • You record information about your fishing trips and return your logbook at the end of the season
  • At the end of the year all the fishery data that is sent in is summarized and returned to you in the form of a newsletter
  • Participants also receive the latest news regarding regulation changes and what we are seeing on the river during our annual surveys

Additional Research

Beginning in 2015, we internally tagged 41 striped bass with acoustic tags. Acoustic tags give off a signal that can be picked up by mobile tracking units on boats as well as receivers that are placed up and down the river and along the coast.

In the spring of 2016 we tagged an additional 100 striped bass with sonic tags in collaboration with researchers at the University of Maryland's Chesapeake Biological Laboratory.

We hope that the data from these tagged fish will give us insight into in-river striped bass movement, congregation areas, coastal movements, spawning site fidelity, sex specific migration and mortality rates, and general spring migrations.

Fish Consumption Advisory

For striped bass and other fish in NY (link leaves DEC website)

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