Striped bass fishing season begins

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ALBANY – The recreational striped bass fishing season in the Hudson River and its tributaries north of the George Washington Bridge has begun, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced. 

The recreational striped bass fishing season will open on April 15 in New York State marine coastal waters south of the George Washington Bridge. 

DEC continues to work collaboratively with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission 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 circle hook regulations are expected to take effect by April 15.

  In the tidal Hudson River north of the George Washington Bridge, the recreational slot limit is 18 to 28 inches, no less than 18 inches nor greater than 28 inches, and the season is open April 1 through November 30. In marine waters, the recreational slot limit is 28 to 35 inches, no less than 28 inches nor greater than 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.