Join New York's Striped Bass Cooperative Angler Program - The Fisherman

Join New York’s Striped Bass Cooperative Angler Program

Striped bass (Morone saxatilis) are New York’s official saltwater fish and highly sought-after by recreational anglers in New York’s marine waters and the Hudson River. DEC is seeking participants to join the Striped Bass Cooperative Angler (SBCA) Program to help biologists understand and maintain a healthy striped bass population. Anglers help provide data on fish caught and can submit scale samples that are used for ageing their catch. Learn more from their new storymap and sign up for the Striped Bass Cooperative Angler Program.

In New York’s marine waters (south of the George Washington Bridge), the recreational slot limit is 28-31 inches, and the season is open April 15 through December 15. The recreational striped bass fishing season in the Hudson River (north of the George Washington Bridge) is open April 1 through Nov. 30 and the recreational slot limit is 18-28 inches. Anglers who fish for striped bass in the tidal Hudson River can learn more about the Hudson River Cooperative Anglers Program on DEC’s website.


Circle hooks are required when fishing for striped bass with bait. When fishing using a circle hook and a fish bites, avoid pulling up on the rod immediately. Instead, point the rod tip at the fish and reel quickly. When the line becomes tight, keep reeling for a few more seconds before raising the rod tip. When the rod is bent, turn the reel handle slow and steady to bring in the fish. Check DEC’s Best Practices for Saltwater Fishing for more information on responsible fishing and safe fish handling tips.

Before fishing, visit the Recreational Saltwater Fishing Regulations webpage for the most up-to-date limits. In New York’s Marine and Coastal District, or when fishing for “migratory fish of the sea,” including striped bass, be sure to enroll in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry.