Striped Bass, Flounder Seasons in N.Y. Not Far Away
| March 13, 2018

For many anglers, the first sign of spring coincides with the return of striped bass (Morone saxatilis) to New York’s marine waters. Striped bass are migratory fish that spend the majority of their lives in coastal waters, but annually return to freshwater in the spring to spawn and the Hudson River provides vital habitat for these newly hatched young-of-year!

Striped bass season opens in the Hudson River (north of the George Washington Bridge) from April 1st till November 30th. The individual daily possession limit is one (1) fish that is either 18-28” (inches) or greater than 40” total length.

In the Marine and Coastal District (south of the George Washington Bridge), striped bass season is open April 15th till December 15th and you are allowed one (1) fish over 28” total length per individual per day.

If you fish for striped bass, consider becoming a Striped Bass Cooperative Angler (SBCA)! By sharing your fishing trip information, you can help biologists better understand and manage our striped bass fishery. For more information or to participate, visit the SBCA Program website.

Winter flounder season also opens in the Marine and Coastal District from April 1st till May 30th, and you are allowed two (2) fish at 12" total length.

Total length is the longest straight line measurement from the tip of the snout, with the mouth closed, to the longest lobe of the tail, with the lobes squeezed together, and the fish laid flat on the measuring device.

Before going fishing making sure you have your Recreational Marine Fishing Registry!

For more information, please visit DEC’s Recreational Saltwater Fishing Regulations.


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