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Striper Migration Map – June 2, 2023

The June Full Moon. An event that Northeast striper fishermen have been circling on their calendars for generations. While the fever-pitch of the fishing from the May new moon appears to have quieted some, fishing is improving in some areas as packs of big bass continue to push north, where they’re finding squid, mackerel, and menhaden, though in some areas, massive schools of bluefish are providing stiff competition for baitfish.

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Maryland/Chesapeake Bay Striper Fishing Report

Maryland’s trophy striper season closed on May 16, and summer regulations allowing one striped bass between 19 and 31 inches per day are in place. The bulk of the stripers remaining in Maryland are schoolie-sized, even along the beachfronts. As of June 1st the Susquehanna restrictions on striped bass will change and be the same as the rest of the bay, 19”-31” with a limit of 1 fish per angler.

Before fishing, be sure to check the Department of Natural Resources website for a map to locate areas open or closed to striped bass fishing.

New Jersey Striper Fishing Report

BIG striped bass continue to stage off Monmouth County, New Jersey, where anglers are tangling with fish up to 50 inches using a variety of techniques from mojos, live bunker, eeling, and plugs. Further south, the big bass are fewer and farther between, though some good fish continue to roam the surf. In Southern New Jersey, resident stripers are settling into their summer patterns.

New York Striper Fishing Report

With the bunker schools lingering off the western south shore of Long Island, that’s where the bulk of the big stripers are hanging too. The action is similar to what’s happening off Northern New Jersey, with giant stripers being caught on live bait, trolling, and big soft-plastic shads. Some good fish are sliding east, but with scant bait, they aren’t lingering for long.

Off the North Shore, more big striped bass are moving through, with some staging in the rips off the North Fork and more feeding on bunker in the Western Sound.

Connecticut/Rhode Island Striper Report

Fresh pushes of striped bass into Long Island Sound and the tidal rivers are bringing some more bigger bass into Connecticut this week.

Narragansett Bay remains the epicenter of big striper fishing in Rhode Island, though the fish seem to be spreading out as the water warms and the bait moves around. Finding bunker has been the key to locating the schools of bigger bass, while sand eels are attracting schoolies and slot-size fish. Reports of good striper fishing at Block have begun trickling in as well.

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Cape Cod/Massachusetts Striper Report

The rips off the South Side of Cape Cod are loaded up with 20- to 35-inch stripers eating squid. Monomoy and the backside of the Cape are beginning to see more of these fish as well, and Cape Cod Bay has roving schools of stripers from schoolie-sized to 40-inchers. The big fish that had been on Cape Cod appeared to have shipped up to Boston, where anglers are finding fish into the 50-inch range

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New Hampshire/Maine Striper Report

Herring runs seem to be concentrating the bulk of the arriving stripers in Northern New England, with good numbers of 30- to 35-inchers and some larger fish in the mix.

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