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Striped Bass

Hudson River Fisheries Unit staff holding a striped bass

Striped bass (Morone saxatilis) is 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 the Atlantic Ocean. 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. Please visit the True Bass page to learn more about their ecology.

Do you fish for striped bass? Join the Cooperative Angler Program! Share your fishing trip information and help biologists understand and manage our striped bass fishery.

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. In 2015, New York was required to reduce harvest due to a decline in the coastal spawning stock. In the Hudson River, a slot limit was implemented that protected most female fish, while allowing the opportunity to harvest a trophy fish.

Hudson River Fisheries Unit staff pulling a haul seine

Long-term Monitoring Programs

Spawning Stock Survey

Since 1985, a 500 foot haul seine, as well as an electrofishing boat, are 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

Beginning in 1979, 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

Hudson River Fisheries Unit staff processing fish from a floating net pen

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. Since 2000, we both satisfy this requirement and learn more about the recreational fishery with the help of volunteer recreational anglers.

Here's how it works:

Example of a Cooperative Angler logbook

We provide you with a logbook and instructions on recording your catch

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

If you would like to participate in the Cooperative Angler Program, please contact Jessica Best ( (845) 256-3009).

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 Atlantic 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.

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

Please visit the Department of Health's website for fish consumption advisories (link leaves DEC's website) from the Hudson River and other waters of New York.

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