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STRIPED BASS FISHING IN THE HUDSON RIVER

States along the East Coast are strongly recommending the use of non-offset circle hooks for 2020.

By NYDEC  |  April 13, 2020
STRIPED BASS FISHING IN THE HUDSON RIVER
New regulations for the Hudson River include a slot of 18 to 28 inches total length. No fish smaller than 18 inches or greater than 28 inches may be kept.

Striped bass recreational fishing is underway in the Hudson River and tributaries. These fish spend most of their time in coastal waters but return to the fresh water of the Hudson each spring to spawn. Many of the spawning females reach weights of 30 and 40 pounds and fish over 50 pounds have been recorded.

Striped bass are cooperatively managed along the Atlantic coast by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). To reduce harvest, end overfishing, and reduce fishing mortality, ASMFC initiated and approved new regulations for recreational and commercial fishing for Atlantic striped bass. These regulations take effect immediately.

The new regulations for the Hudson River and its tributaries are:

Slot size limit: 18 to 28 inches total length

No fish smaller than 18 inches or greater than 28 inches may be kept.

Season date: April 1 through November 30

Daily possession limit of one fish per angler.

States along the East Coast are strongly recommending the use of non-offset circle hooks for 2020. These hooks will become mandatory for the 2021 striped bass fishing season. Catch and release practices contribute significantly to overall fishing mortality and circle hooks work effectively to reduce release mortality in the recreational striped bass fisheries.

Make sure to enroll in the annual no-fee Recreational Marine Fishing Registry before going fishing in the Hudson River and its tributaries or when in New York's Marine and Coastal District waters when fishing for "migratory fish of the sea" (e.g. striped bass). Anglers can enroll for the registry online (www.dec.ny.gov/) or by phone (1-866-933-2257) or by visiting a license issuing agent location.

When fishing, DEC recommends avoiding busy waters and following the guidelines on DEC's website about fishing responsibly in New York State. If an angler arrives at a parking lot and there are several cars, consider going to another parking lot. If another angler is fishing upstream, fish downstream of the other angler or consider fishing another day. Do not share a car with people not in your household while traveling to fishing or boating sites. Anglers fishing from boats should be able to maintain at least six feet of distance between one another. Get outside safely and practice social distancing to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.