Eastern Long Island Fishing Report- April 20, 2023 - On The Water (2023)

Eastern Long Island Fishing Report

  • Awesome surf striper bites along the south shore. Good amount of bass in the mid-20 pound range.
  • Weakfish being caught in pound traps.
  • Cod and blackfish chewing well offshore. Some surf anglers managing to find tog within reach of the beach.
  • Freshwater bite has been on. Big largemouth and crappie are getting aggressive.

The Celtic Quest Fishing Fleet of Mattituck reports that theyare now booking trips for the 2023 season.Call them at 631-928-3926 for booking info, or check the website/Facebook for more info.

The Peconic Star of Greenport reports:“We’ll be setting sail for jumbo porgies, weakfish, bluefish and striped bass come April 28. Trips will run daily at 7:30 AM.”For info, call Captain Paul at (631)522-2002.

Captree Bait and Tackle reports:“Jack brought in a slot striper he caught the other day while we were cleaning up the shop. It’s the first fish we’ve seen at the shop this season!We’ll be holding a big sale in the shop this weekend, open 6am-7pm.”

Bill at Chasing Tails Bait and Tackle in Oakdale reports:

“Great weather and great fishing are finally here. Spring is in the air, and striped bass have started showing their faces all around the island. Big fish are in the ocean and running the beaches, and a lot of over-slot fish are in the bay chowing down on big schools of bait. They’re smashing up schools of spearing and bunker, so fish accordingly. Matching the hatch is key. Spin guys should be throwing small baitfish imitations like Keitechs and Storm shads. Poppers, walking baits, and wake baits are getting smashed up by eager bass as well. Fly guys are using clousers, zonkers, gurglers, bangers, and big hollow flies, and getting hammered with fish consistently. Spring Tautog fishing is going well for the few that decide to utilize this short season. There’s a consistent bite, and some good sized fish are coming up.

The sweet water is still chilly, especially in the deeper lakes here on the island. The trout stocked in the spring are holding well in the lakes and rivers. Flies and small spinning lures like a Mepps or Kastmaster will bring in the numbers of stockers. Largemouth, smallmouth, pickerel, crappie, and yellow perch are all starting to get into the spirit of spring. Keep in mind the largemouth season is closed currently. Sunfish are already all over the place, snatching baits and lures way too big for them. Crappie action is non-stop, with quality slabs eating swim baits, jerkbaits, and in-line spinners like crazy. Smallies are crushing jigs and swim baits. Fly guys are using small streamers to imitate local baitfish and doing very well. Early morning into the afternoon, then again at sunset into dark have been the most consistent times.”

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The Hampton Lady of Hampton Bays reports:

“We are up and running, ready to rock on opening day this Saturday, April 22 from 6am-2pm. We’re targeting jumbo Peconic porgies and weakfish! The fish should be biting with all this good weather.”Text Capt. James for booking info: (631)521-3366.

The Shinnecock Star in Hampton Bays reports:

“We’ll begin targeting Peconic porgies on May 1st. The boat is looking great, and ready to fish!Text or call Capt. John for info about future reservations, gift certificates and general info: (631) 728-4563.

Bill Wetzel of the Surf Rats Ball reports:

“Bill began his week on the north shore. He picked 4 quick bites on a small grove darter. He picked about six more to the upper teens on another darter.

On Friday, he and Jacob hit the Oyster Bay Area, where there was a ton of spearing, and a ton of chunkers. There were a bunch of guys poaching as well. The DEC showed up and busted at least two of them. Despite all the bait, we couldn’t buy a bite, until later on Jacob picked one bass on a grove darter. The next night, Rob joined me in Oyster Bay. Same deal as the night prior, tough fishing. We went to some deeper water, and rob piked a mid-teens fish there. Later on, Rob and I both picked a couple of fish on darters in Manhasset Bay.

On Tuesday night, Rob and I ran to Slip to fish the sunset. Gannets were working outside, ad there was a good chop on the surf. We spot-hopped the soft structure until we found a school of bait. We were immediately into solid fish to about 30 pounds. Bill reckons they were chowing down herring or shad. All the stripers had fat bellies.

Rob posted a report from the north shore last night. He fished from midnight to 1:30, during the super high new moon tide. He picked three shorts when the tide started moving. The first one took a black slug, and the second two fish took a yellow SS darter.”Subscribe today at longislandsurffishing.com.

Montauk’s Viking Fleet reports:

“We’ll be sailing out of Sag Harbor on April 29, specifically to target Peconic porgies. We’ll be lowering our fare too, as it’ll be a shorter trip to the porgy grounds! Find us on the Long Wharf. $110 per trip from 4/29-5/14. On May 15, we’ll start running out of Montauk.”Call the office to book at 631-668-5700, or book online at vikingfleet.com.

Chris Albronda from Montauk reports:

“The striped bass have filled the surf. It’s mostly rats, with the occasional slot fish. There are gannets and dolphins working along the south side, feeding on herring and bunker. In the deeper water, there are codfish to be caught. Catches this week have been as large as 15 pounds.

In freshwater, largemouth bass are in full-blown spawn mode. Slow-moving wake baits used at night could potentially get you your personal best largemouth.”Chris is hosting an open boat trip on May 1 for fluke, so give him a call at (631)830-3881 for info. You’ll likely get into some striped bass as well.

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Eastern Long Island Fishing Forecast

Another incredibly beautiful and productive week has passed. From the photos I’ve seen, the reports I’ve received and the fishing I’ve done, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say a lot of people are experiencing the best “opening week” of their lives.

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I’d still say the same thing even if I didn’t have a banner night last night. Even though the rest of my stripers (all 2 of them) this week were difficult to come by, I know there’s plenty of pockets that are very productive. “Some areas seem way more populated with stripers than others. The fish chew during the day here, and at night there, or all day and night in this one rip… They’re feeding on the outside of this specific bar after dark, but only when there’s whitewater… They’re hitting in the bays on the opposite tide of years past…. The bait patterns the fish prefer aren’t typical this year.” These are all real observations from this week. It’s like a box o’ chocolates… ya neva know what ya gonna get.

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You never know what the situation is until you figure it out, or until someone figures it out for you…you just gotta go to know. For me, once again, having skilled friends putting in at least as much effort paid off hugely this week. I covered miles of beach the past 4 days, fishing the finest rips in the region. Some days I hooked up, most days I blanked. The water always looked fishy, but the fish were only coming in sporadically. I picked up a couple shorts, and lost a keeper. I would pick on easy largemouth bass just to say I caught at least one fish in the past 4 hours.

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Another method of filling those skunky voids is photography. I whipped out my DSLR this week and started taking still photos again. I spent a long time away from this camera, but grew much as a photographer since the last time I used it. I am much more capable of maximizing this tool’s capabilities now… a random tangent, but relevant in that any skill, whether it’s swinging an axe, building a fire, writing or finding fish on the beach, requires consistent, diligent study. Diversifying your capabilities with different tools and methods makes you better.

Anyway, here’s my story this week. It started with a one-eyed osprey who couldn’t compete with the healthy ones for a proper nest. A treetop branch just ten feet from my fishing spot would have to suffice for him.

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I had been coming up empty in this bay spot for the past hour and a half while the tide poured out. The cyclops flew ten feet over my head and landed just around the bend. I dropped the rod and picked up the camera, and got some awesome photos and video that probably made me happier than catching a striper would. I ended up using the camera a lot more after that, especially when the fish weren’t biting. With so many shorebirds feeding on the beach, seals sunning their bellies on the dry sand, gannets hitting the water, dolphins passing by, etc., the targets were much more easily acquired with my Nikon than my swim shads.

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And sometimes I would hook fish, usually at sunrise or sunset.

Meanwhile, a couple cow hunters I know were homing in on the post-midnight bite. I was confident [and stubborn] enough about my own soft structure’s potential to produce, so I refused to drive the hour-or-so required to cash in on their hard-earned bite.

I just couldn’t take it anymore last night. I scoured my local beaches at sunset, and again from 9-11pm with zero interest from fish. My friend texted during that period, touting his two catches and recommending I join him. After a dozen more slot fish for him and another friend, he demanded I make the trip. I did, and I am happy about that. I’m a DIY guy, and am usually stubborn about that to a fault; I wasn’t about to turn down the potential for a long night filled with larger fish though. The two anglers were throwing the right plugs, picking fish to 25+ pounds. I threw the closest imitation I had (a big soft plastic), and picked fish from about 12-18 pounds. I caught a lot of fish, but my friends were getting all of the big ones. (Lesson learned: don’t bring a knife to a gun fight. I had the same lure as them at home. I mostly brought smaller gear, which probably couldn’t handle launching those big plugs that far.)

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At some point, we thought that maybe these fish were targeting sand fleas. They were feeding right on the lip, perhaps staging there. Eventually I was only casting about thirty feet out, and I was getting hit on every retrieve. The light wave action didn’t require any drastic movement, but I essentially implemented my “breakdance” to keep the lure on the beach lip, and mannnn did the bite get hot like that.

I left at 2:30am with at least 15 keeper fish having come to my hand. They were all incredibly riled up. They tried to chew my thumb off, and successfully tore skin from almost all my fingers. The jarring hits hurt my wrist, and my bummed shoulder is weak from all the pulling. Painful, but worth it. Allow me to apologize if my writing sucks today too, as I didn’t get to sleep much.

We have the new moon tonight. Get out there and enjoy it. There were a ton of shooting stars last night, and a half hour passing felt like only 5 minutes. I’ll do it again tonight and happily suffer tomorrow, even if I don’t catch. This is a good time.

This coming week, look for the weakfish and bluefish to begin biting. Kenny from Tight Lines Tackle mentioned reports of weakfish being caught in pound traps this week. I’m used to the first wave of blues being small fish. They’ll still bite the tails off all your swim shads. Twenty-pound stripers will be a very real possibility for the entire next week. The next 4 or 5 nights will experience the backside of the new moon, and tides will be ripping. Temperatures will be mild and consistent, so I’m expecting to experience some consistency in the bite as well. Bay spots, if they haven’t been on fire already, should turn on big time this week. I intend to beat this surf bite to death though.

I haven’t fished the surf in months, and this week I felt so incompetent. I knew I was fishing the correct structure, but I felt lucky that a couple fish actually hit. It took me three hours into last night’s session to finally feel like I knew the surf and these fish again. I probably put in 15 hours of self-doubt before that…and lord knows if I would’ve escaped that self-doubt, if it wasn’t for my friends’ help.

Get out there and have some fun. Good luck.


What fish are running on Long Island? ›

Both northern and southern fish species frequent Long Island waters, including Atlantic cod, winter flounder and mackerel in the spring, or bluefish, summer flounder and Spanish mackerel in the fall. Other species of fish include blackfish, porgies, and fluke, in addition to shark, tuna, and abundant striped bass.

What fish are in season on Long Island right now? ›

The best fishing season near Long Island is from May through October for bluefish, striped bass, marlin, mahi mahi, tuna, sharks, Atlantic cod, and flounder. The worst time to fish near Long Island is winter through early spring. The best fishing season is from May through November.

What fish are biting in Long Island Sound? ›

In fact, Long Island is ideally situated so that both southern and northern fish species frequent our waters. Anglers can fish for Atlantic cod, winter flounder and mackerel in the spring, or try their luck for bluefish, summer flounder and triggerfish during the summer months.

What fish are running on the south shore of Long Island? ›

The South Shore of Long Island is among New York State's best areas for saltwater fishing. South Shore fishermen catch striped bass, bluefish, weakfish, croaker, spot, fluke (summer flounder), winter flounder, scup (porgy), tautog (blackfish), sharks, and other species.

What is the best bait for the Long Island Sound? ›

Anchoring the boat and using worms and mussels as bait and chumming with clam or mussels, usually results in the best action.

What is the biggest fish ever caught on Long Island? ›

On August 6, 1986, Don Braddick, of Montauk, NY caught a 3,450 lbs white shark off the coast of New York. That is more than twice the size of the blue marlin and the biggest fish ever caught in New York, period.

What is the best bait for fluke on Long Island? ›

Best Bait for Fluke

Other popular choices for fishing fluke are sand eels, killifish, fluke belly, and even minnows. In deeper waters, blue fish, herring, and mackerel can be good choices for attracting larger fluke. But remember it's important to experiment.

Where can I fish from the shore in Long Island? ›

Long Island Surf Fishing – If you crave those moments or hours of solitude, try the beaches, grassy areas, creeks or the structures sticking out into the water. Hempstead Lake State Park, Jones Beach Fishing Pier, Magnolia Pier, Seaford Town Dock and many others are great options for Long Island Surf fishing.

How do you catch Weakfish on Long Island? ›

Weakfish strikes at a variety of lures, and plastic jelly worms are very popular; other natural bait includes shrimp, sea worm, bunker, eels and squid-strips. Contact your local bait & tackle store for advice about fishing with artificial lures.

What is the most common fish in the Long Island Sound? ›

The most common marine fish in the Sound include porgy, butterfish, winter flounder, summer flounder, windowpane flounder, fourspot flounder, northern and striped sea robin, little skate, menhaden, Atlantic silversides, black seabass, blackfish (tautog), cunner, bluefish, and smooth dogfish.

Why are there so many dead fish in Long Island Sound? ›

“Every summer, concentrations of dissolved oxygen in Long Island Sound waters decline to levels that are unhealthy for fish and other aquatic life,” Mark Tedesco, director of the EPA's Long Island Sound Office, wrote in an email to newsday.com.

What is the biggest striped bass caught in the Long Island Sound? ›

The current IGFA All-Tackle World Record striped bass of 37.14 kg (81 lb 14 oz), was caught by angler Gregory Myerson on August 4, 2011, while drifting Long Island Sound with a live eel.

What fish are close to shore? ›

Nearshore fish, sometimes called littoral fish, live close to the shore. They are associated with the intertidal zone, or with estuaries, lagoons, coral reefs, kelp forests, seagrass meadows, or rocky or sandy bottoms, usually in shallow waters less than about 10 m (33 ft) deep.

Where are the best bluefish in Long Island Sound? ›

The usual fishing spots for both stripers and bluefish include the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef, Thames River, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, Little Gull Island, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the “humps” south of Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef including ...

Where are they catching fluke in Long Island Sound? ›

Port Jefferson. On the north shore of central Long Island is an enticing hangout for fluke. This area is a perennial producer for doormat anglers from Connecticut and New York ports.

What bait to use for big bass? ›

What is the best bait for largemouth bass? In terms of live bait, fish (like shiners, minnows, or shad) and crawfish work very well since these are what bass usually eat. Because largemouth bass are carnivorous, the best artificial baits tend to be those that mimic their prey in some way.

What is the best bait to catch striped bass on Long Island? ›

If you want to hook Striped Bass from a boat, chances are you'll usually be trolling. This species is responsive to live bait, rigged baits, jigs, spoons, and plugs. But the real winner is the lowly sandworm!

Can you eat crabs from Long Island Sound? ›

Men over 15 and women over 50 face fewer health risks from some chemicals. For that reason, they can eat up to six crabs a week from the Hudson River and New York City waters. Crabs from the Long Island Sound, Jamaica Bay and the ocean are less contaminated and are a better choice for everyone.

What rare fish was caught on Long Island? ›

“He thought it was a shark at first when he saw the brown fins,” DEEP said. But the fish Bertolasio had actually landed was in some ways even more rare. State officials said the 56-inch catch was a cobia, a species that's normally found in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

What is the buggest fish ever caught? ›

The heaviest specimen on record is a bump-head sunfish (M. alexandrini) caught off Kamogawa, Chiba, Japan, in 1996; it weighed 2,300 kg (5,070 lb) and measured 2.72 m (8 ft 11 in) in total length.

What is the most over populated fish? ›

Lionfish. Lionfish are considered one of the most aggressively invasive species in the world. Native to the waters of the Indo-Pacific and the Red Sea, two species of lionfish have established themselves in the Western Atlantic, Pterois volitans and Pterois miles.

What is the hardest fish to catch in bait? ›

Hardcore fish come in many different flavors.
  • SWORDFISH. ...
  • WAHOO. ...
  • SAILFISH. ...
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What month is best fluke fishing? ›

As a rule, during May, June and early July you'll find the best fluke action at the start of outgoing tides as warmer water from deep inside the bays is pulled out into the main channels, inlets and harbor mouths. During the heat of summer, cooler rising waters generally trigger the bite.

What is flounder favorite bait? ›

Best Baits and Lures for flounder: The best live baits for flounder are croaker or mullet. For strip baits, he likes bluefish, squid or the belly of a gray trout or croaker. When fishing artificials, his go-to list includes Berkley Gulp!, swimming mullets and spinnerbaits, such as the Strike King Redfish Magic.

What time is best to fish from shore? ›

Specifically, dawn or dusk are generally the best time to go saltwater fishing if the weather and tidal movements are favorable. Remember to reference a saltwater tide chart to see which range of hours during the day will be the best fishing tide times.

What is the best time to shore fish? ›

The best time of day to surf fish is usually the first few hours around dawn the final few hours around dusk. With that said, the tide is still the most important factor. If you really want to increase your chances, find the days where the high tide coincides with dawn or dusk.

How far offshore are tuna in Long Island? ›

Because the tuna are found 30-70 miles from the Montauk coast, this fishing trip is a full day in ocean waters off Long Island.

What is the best time of day to catch weakfish? ›

Weakfish bite best at first light. The first 45 minutes of daylight should never be missed, even if it does not coincide with the correct tide or moon phase for the spot you are fishing. Often, the first light bite will be the only weakfish bite of the day, but not always.

What is the best color for weakfish? ›

Bubblegum and white were the top choices. Bubblegum is an excellent color in stained water, it really stands out. Retrieve: The near bottom approach minimized the number of bluefish hits and was the best producer of the weakfish, it also generated more than a few fluke.

What rod is best for weakfish? ›

Rods should be generally 6 1/2- to 7-foot spinning rated for 8- to 12-pound line with a medium power and moderate action, matched with a 4000- to 5000-class spinning reel spooled with 12-pound braided line and a 3-foot 12-pound fluorocarbon shock leader to which any lure is tied via loop knot.

Can I eat fish from Long Island Sound? ›

Sound decisions

Most fish in Long Island Sound are safe to eat except for restrictions on striped bass, bluefish, and weakfish.

Which island has the most fish? ›

Ataúro Island, located just 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) north of Dili, Timor-Leste's capital, may have the highest average fish diversity in the world, a new survey has found. Of the 10 reef sites surveyed around the island, biologists found an average of 253 reef fish species per site.

Do you need a permit to fish in Long Island Sound? ›

You need a fishing license if you are 16 years and older and fishing for: Freshwater fish species by angling, spearing, hooking, longbow, and tip-ups.

What killed the lobsters in Long Island Sound? ›

The mysterious die-off

In the late 1990s, there were more lobsters than ever before in the Long Island Sound. Then, suddenly, they all disappeared, mysteriously killed by an unknown force. Some say pollution killed them. Others, climate and predators.

Are there still lobsters in Long Island Sound? ›

The American lobster (Homarus americanus) lives in the cold waters of the Northeastern US and Canada, including Long Island Sound, and range offshore as far south as Virginia.

What are the silver fish in Long Island Sound? ›

These dark patches of water are schools of large baitfish called Atlantic menhaden, also known as bunker or pogies depending where you live. These silver fish with black spots visit Long Island Sound each year usually around early May, sometimes staying in or around our harbors through October.

How many striped bass can you keep on Long Island? ›

Fishing Regulations for Long Island, New York
SpeciesSize Limits (Total length in inches)Possession Limits (number of fish)
Striped Bass (south of George Washington Bridge)28"1
Striped Bass (Hudson River north of George Washington Bridge)18''-28'' or >40''1
Spanish Mackerel14"15
King Mackerel23"3
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Where do the biggest bass hide? ›

Big largemouth bass tends to lurk in the dirtiest-looking water sections rather than the clear open water. Big bass drives many anglers crazy because they will hide in the middle of thick cover, not along the edge like someone to two-pounders.

What is the oldest striped bass ever caught? ›

The oldest recorded striped bass was 31 years old. The largest recorded striped bass was 125 pounds, caught on the North Carolina coast in 1891. The Bay's record striped bass was caught in 1995 off Bloody Point, just south of Kent Island, Maryland.

What fish hunts out of water? ›

The archerfish (spinner fish or archer fish) form a monotypic family, Toxotidae, of fish known for their habit of preying on land-based insects and other small animals by shooting them down with water droplets from their specialized mouths. The family is small, consisting of ten species in a single genus, Toxotes.

Do storms bring fish closer to shore? ›

​Do storms bring fish closer to shore? Yes, storms bring vital nutrients and dissolved oxygen to the upper layers of the water column allowing for large predators and small bait fish to come close to shore.

What is the best kind of tide to fish from the shore? ›

An incoming tide, or rising tide, is considered one of the best fishing tide times. Water that enters an estuary area from the ocean can have a lower temperature, contain more oxygen, and have better clarity than the water that exists in the estuary during low tide or slack water periods.

What is the best bait for big bluefish? ›

Best Bait for Bluefish

Good options include oily fish like eels. But really almost any form of baitfish can be used. Another option when learning how to catch bluefish is to use cut bait. Try chunks in the shape of small baits.

What time of day is best to catch bluefish? ›

Bluefish appear along beaches and at inlets where they are caught in the surf. Since these fish move to deeper waters during the long hot summer days, the best fishing occurs in the late evening and early morning.

What is the best lure for bluefish from shore? ›

A silver spoon is an excellent lure for bluefish and one that has probably caught more bluefish than any other lure on the beach. You need to keep your spoon moving at a fast pace if you want it to get attention. Bluefish seem to love challenges, so give them one.

What size fluke can you keep Long Island? ›

Saltwater Fishing Limits
SpeciesMinimum Size Limits (Total Length in Inches) (1)Possession Limits (Number of Fish)
*2022 UPDATED REGULATION* Summer flounder (fluke) (4)18.54
*2022 UPDATED REGULATION* Black Sea Bass (5)163 6
Oyster Toadfish103
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Where is the best place to find flounder? ›

As we've mentioned, docks, piers, rocks and pilings are all key areas where flounder (fluke) like to lay and ambush prey. They can hold multiple fish and provide safety from predators such as dolphins, sharks, and larger fish.

Where is the deepest part of the Long Island Sound? ›

The Hudson Canyon, a submarine canyon, which runs from the Hudson River- New York/New Jersey Harbor to 400 nautical miles offshore, reaching depths of 3,500 meters (10,500 feet).

What fish is in season in New York? ›

The best times to fish near New York City are between April and October for Atlantic salmon, carp, trout, and largemouth bass. April through November is a great time to focus on salmon in both the lake and rivers of western NY. April through December is the best Atlantic Salmon fishing window.

Where are the striped bass on Long Island now? ›

Little Neck and Hempstead Bay.

Located along western Long Island Sound, these are springtime hotspots for Striper. They also offer up a truly traditional Northeastern fishing experience. In fact, it's often said that anglers in this area practically fish in each other's backyards!

What saltwater fish are in season in NY? ›

Saltwater Fishing Limits
SpeciesMinimum Size Limits (Total Length in Inches) (1)Open Seasons
*2022 UPDATED REGULATION* Summer flounder (fluke) (4)18.5May 1 - Oct 9
*2022 UPDATED REGULATION* Black Sea Bass (5)16June 23 - Aug 31 Sept 1 - Dec 31
Oyster Toadfish10July 16 - May 14
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What fish are running at Jones Beach Piers? ›

The Jones Beach surf offers fishing all year round with the peak season starting in early spring to early winter. If your looking to catch fluke, bluefish, striped bass, blackfish, weakfish or anything else which inhabits its water's there's a time and place at Jones Beach to spike up your rod and reel them in.

What is the rarest fish in New York? ›

The pugnose shiner is one of the rarest minnows in North America.

What is the biggest fish in New York? ›

Lake sturgeon are the largest and oldest living freshwater fish species in New York.

What is the best time to go fishing? ›

The best time to go fishing is typically either early morning or late evening when food is abundant and fish naturally feed. Within an hour of sunrise and an hour after sunset are the times when fish are likely to bite the most. Fishing for some species of fish is much better at night than during the day.

What is the best bait for striped bass? ›

Bloodworms and Sandworms as Striped Bass Baits

Bloodworms and sandworms are highly effective striper baits just about everywhere these fish are found, virtually any time of the year. Stripers love eating them, period.

What is the best bait for stripers? ›

Best Bait for Striped Bass
  • Bunker (Menhaden) Bunker is hands-down the best bait for Striped Bass (we'll lump in alewife here in freshwater, as you can use them in similar ways). ...
  • Eels. Eels aren't the surefire Striper magnets that bunkers are, but they're not far off. ...
  • Worms. ...
  • Clams. ...
  • Mackerel. ...
  • Lures.

What month is best for striper fishing? ›

Fall. Fall can be a great time to catch big striped bass. They will be eager to feed to put on enough fat stores to make it through the winter.

What is the size limit for striped bass in New York? ›

Fishing Regulations for NYC Striped Bass Party Boats

When you are in marine waters south of the George Washington Bridge, you are allowed to harvest one fish that meets the following requirements: Caught between April 15 and December 15. Has a slot size between 28 and 35 inches.

How many rods can you fish with in NY? ›

Andrew Cuomo that allows anglers to have three rods, instead of two, in any body of freshwater in New York. Being able to use an additional pole will increase a fisherman's chances of catching a fish.

Is saltwater fishing license free in NY? ›

Make sure to enroll in the annual no-fee Recreational Marine Fishing Registry before going fishing in the marine and coastal district waters or when fishing in the Hudson River and its tributaries for "migratory fish of the sea" (e.g. striped bass).

What to fish for at Jetty Park? ›

Fishing from Jetty Park can result in a variety of catches, including the usual surf suspects, pompano, whiting, margate, bluefish Spanish mackerel, black drum, redfish, and jack crevalle. Because of deep water and structure, snook, tarpon, mangrove snapper, flounder, and sheepshead are added to the mix.

What fish are at Long jetty? ›

This is Victoria's longest jetty spanning over 900 meters. This provides land-based anglers with opportunities to catch kingfish, snapper, squid, whiting and much more. The fishing only gets even better for those with a boat.

What fish are running in the St Johns River? ›

Flounder and speckled sea trout are common, and sheepshead, menhaden and black drum are frequently in the mix. Snook and even the occasional tarpon are caught during the warmer months. American shad also make a major run into the St. Johns River every winter.


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