NY DEC continues to work collaboratively with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to require the use of circle hooks when fishing for striped bass with bait. This new requirement is intended to increase the survival rate of striped bass in the recreational fishery. The new circle hook regulations will be in place this spring. DEC encourages anglers to check the Recreational Saltwater Fishing Regulations for the most up-to-date information before going fishing.
- Circle hooks will be required when fishing for striped bass using part or whole of any marine/aquatic organisms or terrestrial invertebrates as bait.
- Circle hooks will not be required when fishing with an artificial lure, whether or not they are tipped with bait as previously described.
DEC recommends that anglers use circle hooks when fishing for striped bass with bait in the 2021 fishing season. Visit DEC’s Best Practices for Saltwater Fishing webpage for more information on circle hooks and fish handling tips.
- In the tidal Hudson River north of the George Washington Bridge, the recreational slot limit for striped bass is 18 to 28 inches, and the season is open April 1 through November 30.
- In marine waters south of the George Washington Bridge, the recreational slot limit is 28 to 35 inches, and the season is open April 15 through December 15.
- The recreational striped bass possession limit for all New York State waters is one fish per angler.
DEC encourages anglers who fish for striped bass to participate in DEC’s Striped Bass Cooperative Angler Program and help take part in an effort to manage and maintain a healthy striped bass population.
Before fishing in New York’s Marine and Coastal District, or when fishing in the Hudson River and its tributaries for “migratory fish of the sea,” including striped bass, be sure to enroll in the annual no-fee Recreational Marine Fishing Registry. To enroll, go to DEC’s website.